Key Types of Remote Patient Monitoring Devices

Remote patient monitoring (RPM) systems assist in the monitoring and management of the health of...

Remote patient monitoring (RPM) systems assist in the monitoring and management of the health of patients with chronic diseases that pose a life-threatening risk if not properly monitored. Utilizing various remote patient monitoring devices is an integral component of remote patient monitoring. These devices are simple to install at home and provide providers with useful data that facilitates patient monitoring.

What Are Remote Patient Monitoring Devices Designed For?

Remote patient monitoring devices (RPMD) are designed to provide healthcare providers with the ability to remotely monitor their patients' health and/or status. RPMDs typically connect to a patient's electronic medical record (EMR) and provide real-time data such as blood pressure, temperature, respiratory rate, and heart rate. Some RPMDs can also store information from other medical devices, like a glucometer or nebulizer. 

Types of Continuous Patient Monitoring Devices

Patients recovering from surgery, illness, or injury face many challenges. They must manage their symptoms, adhere to prescribed treatments, and recover as quickly as possible. To help them do this, you can provide them with a variety of patient monitoring devices that they can use at home. These devices give your patients more independence while monitoring their conditions so you can get them the care they need when they need it. The following are the types of remote patient monitoring devices that are commonly used to study, note, and analyze your patients’ conditions in real-time.

Continuous Glucose Monitor

A continuous glucose monitor is a patient monitoring device that is used to check a person’s blood glucose levels on the spot. This type of device can typically be worn on the body, such as on the arm or torso. Continuous glucose monitors are typically used as part of an overall diabetes management plan that also includes routine blood glucose testing, meal planning and adjustment, and regular physical activity.

Blood Pressure Monitor

A blood pressure monitor is a patient monitoring device that is used to check a person's blood pressure in order to help diagnose high blood pressure. Blood pressure monitors can also be used as a checkup tool to make sure that the blood pressure is at favorable levels.

The blood pressure monitor is often used to track a patient’s progress after a heart attack or angina treatment. It records each reading and provides doctors with accurate numbers to assess their patients. They can be either manual or automatic, and they come in a wide range of styles and features. They can be purchased at pharmacies, drug stores, and medical supply stores.

Heart Rate Tracker

One of the most popular patient monitoring devices that is used is a heart rate tracker. This device is worn on the wrist and monitors your heart rate throughout the day. They are a great way to stay on top of your health and to know whether something may need attention.

heart rate tracking device

Heart rate trackers also allow you to record your own heart rate so that you can see how your physical activity levels affect your heart rate. This information can help you make adjustments to your lifestyle habits so that they will be healthier and more conducive to a long and healthy life.

ECG Devices

ECG devices help doctors by measuring your heartbeat and then display the results on a device. They are extremely important because they provide doctors with an important insight into your health.

ECG devices collect your heartbeat data and send it to your health care provider, who can review your ECG data over time to notice abnormal heart rhythms and other trends that may be precursors to serious medical conditions.

Pulse Oximeters

A pulse oximeter is a wearable patient monitoring device that is used to monitor oxygen saturation and heart rate. They are small, portable, and relatively inexpensive. Pulse oximeters work by using two different technologies, called reflectance and photoplethysmography.

Reflectance oximetry works by shining a light from the sensor onto the finger and detecting the light that is reflected back from the blood. Photoplethysmography measures the rate at which blood flows through your finger. Combining these two measurements gives a more precise assessment of blood oxygen saturation and pulse rate.

Medical Alert Systems

Medical alert systems refer to a wide range of devices that can provide peace of mind and help protect your health and safety. They can be worn around the wrist, on a pendant or belt clip, or placed on a table or countertop.

Medical alert systems may include devices that monitor blood pressure, heart rate, and other vital signs. It can detect abrupt weight changes, track moods and behaviors, remind you to take medications, and let you know if you've waltzed away from your home or other safe location. It can also help by automatically calling the local emergency response network.

medical alert device

Activity Trackers

Activity trackers are continuous patient monitoring devices employed to monitor your daily activities, such as steps walked, calories burned, and quality of sleep. They link up with a smartphone app so you can easily view your results and make healthy lifestyle choices.

Activity trackers can be useful for people with chronic health conditions or women who are pregnant. They can help you monitor your progress and see how certain activities affect your blood pressure, heart rate, blood glucose levels, and pregnancy symptoms.

Thermometer

A thermometer is a patient monitoring device used to measure the body temperature of a person. Thermometers are available in different designs and use. Digital thermometers use a probe to sense the temperature at the place to be measured and display the reading on a digital screen. Other types of thermometers use mercury, alcohol, or acetate as the principal liquid in their devices. These types require regular maintenance, calibration, and observation.

Conclusion

As we have seen, devices for remote patient monitoring are systems that allow healthcare providers to monitor patients even when unable to physically be there at the office due to an injury, illness or remote location.

Remote patient monitoring devices (RPMD) take it one step further by allowing the healthcare provider to take note of a variety of important features, such as vital signs, auscultation, respiratory patterns, and more. RPMDs not only save money but also help boost the overall health of the patient and their quality of life.

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