Remote Patient Monitoring, or RPM, has shown great results in helping people with type 2 diabetes and other chronic conditions to gain better control and live longer.
While this method for patient care is becoming more common in the healthcare world, it is still relatively unknown by many people living with chronic conditions.
If this is the first time you have heard of RPM or you are already considering it, this article can help you determine if this type of patient care is right for you.
Question 1 — Do You Have One or More Chronic Conditions?
RPM was developed to help people with chronic conditions. Those most likely to benefit from this type of healthcare include people living with:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Type 1 Diabetes
- High Blood Pressure
- Chronic Heart Failure
- Cardiovascular Disease
Those living with more than one of these conditions are even more likely to benefit from the constant support provided by RPM.
Many published studies, including this one from Telemedicine and e-Health, have shown that the higher level of patient activation and engagement seen with RPM helps improve HbA1c levels in those living with type 2 diabetes.
Similarly, studies into the effectiveness of RPM on the treatment of high blood pressure have found that remote monitoring can be just as effective as frequent in-clinic visits. In fact, patients receiving RPM care were just as likely to reduce their medication doses and the number of medications they were on as those patients getting intensive and frequent in-clinic care.
Question 2 — Do You Monitor Your Chronic Condition every day?
RPM is an especially great treatment for those living with a chronic condition because of the large amount of data created during everyday monitoring.
For example, if you test your blood sugar every day, you create a huge amount of data your doctor could use to hone your treatment options. If you use a continuous glucose monitor, then there is even more data available for interpretation.
Unfortunately, when you only see your doctor a couple of times per year or less, they don’t have the time or ability to put all this information to use.
With RPM, you have a doctor-led healthcare team that has real-time access to your blood sugar data. They can see trends as they establish and make changes to your medication and treatment plan before those trends lead to problems.
Question 3 — Do You Want to Feel Better and Live Longer?
It is no secret that poorly controlled diabetes can lead to a host of complications. If you are living with chronically high blood sugar, you are not living your best life.
RPM gives you the power, support, and education you need to improve your blood sugar management. If you have additional chronic conditions, then this support is even more valuable.
Better, more consistent control of your diabetes means a lower chance of dangerous hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia. Better control lowers the chance that you will suffer from complications like neuropathy, blindness, and kidney disease.
Better control lowers the chance that you will suffer from complications
Traditional healthcare is only there to help you manage your condition once or twice a year. RPM is by your side every day to support and empower you to keep up the good fight, so you can feel better and live longer.
Question 4 — Does the Idea of a Personal Health Coach Sound Good to You?
Chronic conditions take an incredible amount of time and energy to manage. Going it alone can make a difficult situation feel impossible.
RPM gives you the benefit of consistent, real-time support.
When your healthcare team can see your blood sugars and other important data in real-time, they can help you make the right changes at the right time. They can also provide education and intervention when you need it most.
Forget the days of leaving messages for your doctor only to hear back from them weeks later. Or having to make an appointment just to ask a few questions.
RPM gives you access to a personal healthcare team that is knowledgeable and dedicated. Your team sees your data in real-time so they can anticipate your questions and have answers ready, often before you even have a chance to ask them.
If Yes, then RPM is a great Healthcare option for you
RPM is exactly what you need if you:
- Have a chronic condition
- Monitor your condition regularly (blood pressure, blood sugar, oxygen level, weight)
- Want to feel better and take back control of your life
- Value the help of a personal health coach
Act today to change the rest of your life.