Remote Patient Monitoring Going Mainstream

This week I read a piece of news which suggests to me that we’re seeing a turning point in the use of remote monitoring technology to manage patients.  It looks like AT&T is taking a major public position in support of remote monitoring via the cloud, via a partnership with a  hot new startup that just raised funding, according to a report in mobihealthews.

According to the mobile health news publication, cloud-based patient monitoring company Intuitive Health just got a $3.4 million investment in what appears to be the company’s first public round of investment.

Intuitive, which completed a pilot with health system Texas Health Resources and AT&T last year, offers cloud-based remote monitoring software which can interface with any device.

The pilot involved monitoring CHF patients remotely for 90 days using wireless pulse oximeters, blood pressure cuffs and weight scales, plus tablets and apps feeding the data to the  patients’ EMR records. During the pilot, THR reduced hospital readmissions for chronic heart failure patients by 27 percent, mobihealthnews reports.

According to a press release from AT&T, Intuitive’s software has since become a key component in the telecom giant’s own SaaS patient monitoring product.

Remote monitoring has been a hot topic of discussion and an emerging approach for several years, but hasn’t found an established place in day-to-day care for most institutions.  With AT&T and Intuitive offering a device-agnostic model, however, I believe they will give a boost to the use of remote monitoring generally.

Personally, I’ve been cheering for remote monitoring to succeed for some time; after all, given how mobile-device-oriented people are anyway, it just makes sense to leverage those capabilities to improve their health.  I hope this represents a turning point for this type of technology and that we see news of more successful pilots this year.

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Anne Zieger

Anne Zieger

Anne Zieger is a healthcare journalist who has written about the industry for 30 years. Her work has appeared in all of the leading healthcare industry publications, and she's served as editor in chief of several healthcare B2B sites.

2 Comments

  • The question seems to me is less about capturing clinical data remotely, but rather sifting through all that data to make certain that which is clinically significant at the individual patient level is identified and the proper person notified. We’ve focused on the Artificial Intelligence required to make monitoring doable.

    We can’t expect technology to dump a “bucket-o-data” in a time constrained clinical environment and ask clinicians to figure it out, the data must do work. The data must be able to say “for this patient I’m important”, and present itself to caregivers, clinicians and family to intervene, and Clinicians in this space deserve to be compensated for their critical role in the surveillance of the patient.

    Absent a workable business process, capturing this data will provide us with all the pleasure of one hand clapping.

  • Thomas is right, there are lots of data gathering tools available, but it is only if value if it can be delivered to clinicians in a usable format that can drive clinical decisions. The business process, which incorporates the clinical process is critical for success. We have seen many predictions of the advent of remote patient monitoring, but without an effective clinical model it is, it will be as fulfilling as the one hand clap Thomas refers to.

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