The rise of patient generated health data
Over the last decade, technology has made it easier than ever to create, track, and analyze data pertaining to an individuals health and wellness through the use of wearables, mobile apps, and sensors. Around the world, patients’ smartphones and computers are filled with patient-generated health data (PGHD). These advances have opened up opportunities for providers and researchers to gain real-time insight into patient health outside of clinical settings.
Nearly every major health system is aggregating patient-generated health data in their EHRs and relying on some form of analytics to measure and produce patient insights. One of the emerging avenues to capture PGHD has been through the use of real-time remote monitoring solutions. These solutions have continued to gain importance as pressures from a variety of sources challenge providers to reduce risk and costs of readmissions and hospitalizations.
For instance the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) offers reimbursement for non-face-to-face care chronic care management and remote monitoring services, including the ongoing development and revisions of care plans and communication with other treating providers. This has incentivized providers to capture and use of data from nonclinical settings to support patient care.
Benefits of remote monitoring
Reduced hospital readmissions
Efficient diagnosis of illnesses
Effective management of chronic conditions
Enhanced patient-centered care
Even though many questions around efficacy still remain unanswered, remote monitoring solutions and connected devices are here to stay.
Berg Insight projects that, by 2021, there will be 50.2 million people remotely monitored using interconnected devices as part of their care regimen, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 47.9 percent. This figure does not even include those who use connected devices for personal health tracking alone.
Today, there are many solutions that allow providers to conduct remote monitoring and track patients’ wellness outside the clinic.
Leading providers are beginning to realize, it’s not about collecting more data, it’s about collecting the right data within the right workflow. Otherwise, data becomes hard to manage and useless. The entire point of aggregating patient-generated health data is to fill information gaps, ultimately improving clinical decision-making, care delivery, and health outcomes.
This is why it is essential for providers select remote monitoring solutions that are part of or include care management and delivery capabilities. These solutions will enable real time insight into patient’s lives outside of the clinical setting, allowing care teams to review and interpret data before, during, or between patient visits.
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An integrated Remote Monitoring and Care Management solution enables providers to capture data, deliver care, and adjust the course of care based on real-time patient insights. Typically, this would involve many disparate systems and paper driven processes. Centralizing this under one solution that compliments the EHR will allow providers and care teams alike to manage the health and wellness of their patient populations more effectively. Organizations that adopt Remote Monitoring solutions using digital health interventions and assessments will lead the future of patient care.
Remote monitoring solutions are playing a large role in managing the health of the most critical patient populations. Leveraging technology to help to guide and monitor patients at home both allows clinical teams to reach more patients, identify at-risk patients, improve outcomes, and become more efficient.
Consumer wearable integration
Digital health interventions
Personalized care plans
Reimbursement for RPM – CPT 99091
Since Jan 1, 2018, providers can get reimbursement from CMS for offering Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) services to eligible Medicare patients. Providers are able to be reimbursed for time spent collecting and analyzing patient-generated health data that is digitally stored and transmitted to the care team.