Patient Monitoring in the Age of Covid-19

Patient Monitoring in the Age of Covid-19

Alana Vasquez, Patient Care Manager, Barnes-Jewish Hospital

With advanced technologies, patients can manage the health monitoring process without the direct involvement of a physician.

While the health care sector has always championed and driven innovation, the COVID-19 pandemic has innovated and boosted the pace at which many technologies have evolved – even those that were already being leveraged by health care professionals and patients before the outbreak of the pandemic. Such is valid for remote patient monitoring, an at-home solution that modernizes the standard of care for several medical conditions. Overall, the healthcare sector is looking to technology to help engage patients to take a more active role in their healthcare. Here is a look at the top technologies that will continue to play a significant role in fighting this pandemic.

• Remote Patient Monitoring Software

Short of patients having a leading physician in their pockets at all times, remote patient monitoring (RPM) software is the next game-changer. RPM solutions enable patients and their families to self-monitor and self-handle their symptoms at home while in quarantine. This not only assists mitigate transmission, but it lets clinical teams communicate with patients and view real-time data around their present status. If symptoms increase, their provider will be automatically notified and can intervene appropriately.

• AI for Driving Personalization and Engagement

It’s no secret that AI was thrust into the spotlight in 2020. Predictive guidance needs to improve patient workflows due to the high volumes of patients. Clinicians have been increasingly offering the right modality of treatment, adjusting treatment recommendations as required, and triaging patients to the correct location based on their symptoms, whether it is the ER, urgent care, or at-home video consultation Ai will enhance their day-to-day operations through the use of voice-controlled and patient-facing healthcare applications, remote patient monitoring platforms, and tools that offer a more in-depth, more real-time sentiment analysis.

• Telehealth

Telemedicine and telehealth are not new practices before the pandemic struck. These potentials have also come to the forefront. The role of telehealth within the sector has grown exponentially over the last few months, serving as one of the means to lessen the risk of exposure to patients, clinicians, and families. Patient engagement tools that help telehealth have played a vital role in facilitating remote connection, keeping patients out of the hospital unless deemed necessary.

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