Real-time health monitoring devices provide real-time analysis of the patient’s health parameters. Patients are sharing their healthcare information in real time with their caregivers through these devices for flexible health monitoring and management. Internet of medical things is vastly improving the healthcare condition of patients.
“Reacts’ secure, versatile and interactive collaboration platform deployed on technology solutions like Philips Lumify can change education and patient care models and enable a positive disruptive change to healthcare,” Dr. Yanick Beaulieu, CEO and Founder of IIT, said in a statement. “For years, clinicians in the field have been trying to piece together systems that offer real-time, interactive teleultrasound capabilities. Now, it has truly arrived.”
Tracking patient monitoring and drug management has become possible because of the usage of the above Internet of Things (IoT) medical devices in the healthcare sector. Increasing aging population, surging healthcare expenses and an increase in the occurrence of chronic diseases is driving healthcare stakeholders to follow remote health management and patient monitoring seriously.
The global market for Real-Time Health Monitoring Devices is expected to reach USD 67,982.2 mil by 2022.
Segments: Global Real Time Health Monitoring Devices Market has been segmented on the basis of the type which comprises of wearable devices, home health medical devices. On the basis of the end user, the market is segmented into hospitals, clinics, ambulatory centers, and home care settings.
Incorporating Real-Time Health Monitoring Devices in chronic disease management can significantly improve an individual’s quality of life. It allows patients to maintain independence, prevent complications and minimize personal costs. RPM facilitates these goals by delivering care right to the home. In addition, patients and their family members feel comfortable knowing that they are being monitored and will be supported if a problem arises. This is particularly important when patients are managing complex self-care processes such as home hemodialysis. Key features of Real-Time Health Monitoring Devices, like remote monitoring and trend analysis of physiological parameters, enable early detection of deterioration; thereby, reducing the number of emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and duration of hospital stays. The need for wireless mobility in healthcare facilitates the adoption of RPM both in the community and institutional settings. The time saved as a result of RPM implementation increases efficiency and allows healthcare providers to allocate more time to remotely educate and communicate with patients.
Technological components of Real-Time Health Monitoring Devices
- The diverse applications of RPM lead to numerous variations of RPM technology architecture. However, most RPM technologies follow a general architecture that consists of four components.
- Sensors on a device that is enabled by wireless communications to measure physiological parameters.
- Local data storage at patients’ site that interfaces between sensors and other centralized data repository and/or healthcare providers.
- Centralized repositories to store data sent from sensors, local data storage, diagnostic applications, and/or healthcare providers.
- Diagnostic application software that develops treatment recommendations and intervention alerts based on the analysis of collected data.
- Depending on the disease and the parameters that are monitored, different combinations of sensors, storage and applications may be deployed.
Application of Real Time Health Monitoring Devices Physiological data such as blood pressure and subjective patient data are collected by sensors on peripheral devices. Examples of peripheral devices are blood pressure cuff, pulse oximeter, and glucometer. The data are transmitted to healthcare providers or third parties via wireless telecommunication devices. The data are evaluated for potential problems by a healthcare professional or via a clinical decision support algorithm, and patient, caregivers and health providers are immediately alerted if a problem is detected. As a result, timely intervention ensures positive patient outcomes. The newer applications also provide education, test, and medication Advantages and Disadvantages of Real-Time Health Monitoring Devices reminder alerts, and a means of communication between the patient and the provider. The following section illustrates examples of RPM applications, but RPM is not limited to those disease states.
Real-Time Health Monitoring Devices – Limitations and Overcome Real-Time Health Monitoring Devices are highly dependent on the individual’s motivation to manage their health. Without the patient’s willingness to be an active participant in their care, Real-Time Health Monitoring Devices implementation will likely fail. Cost is also a barrier to its widespread use. There is a lack of reimbursement guidelines for RPM services, which may deter its incorporation into clinical practice. The shift of accountability associated with RPM brings up liability issues. There are no clear guidelines with respect to whether clinicians have to intervene every time they receive an alert regardless of the urgency. The continuous flow of patient data requires a dedicated team of healthcare providers to handle the information, which may, in fact, increase the workload. Although technology is introduced with the intent to increase efficiency, it can become a barrier to some healthcare providers that are not technological.
There are common obstacles that health informatics technologies encounter that applies to Real-Time Health Monitoring Devices. Depending on the comorbidities monitored, Real-Time Health Monitoring Devices involves a diverse selection of devices in its implementation. Standardization is required for data exchange and interoperability among multiple components. Furthermore, Real-Time Health Monitoring Devices deployment is highly dependent on an extensive wireless telecommunications infrastructure, which may not be available or feasible in rural areas.
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