What is Remote Patient Monitoring?
Remote Patient Monitoring or RPM is the practice of connecting healthcare practitioners to their patients through videoconferencing, medical device monitoring, and wireless communications. In today's settings, RPM often refers to gathering patient data outside of traditional healthcare settings which can help enable proactive solutions and bridge information gaps. This, in turn, gives healthcare practitioners the power to know what is currently occurring with their patients on a daily basis.
What about Hospital-Based RPM?
Remote Patient Monitoring solutions exist in hospitals. However, many of these systems do not present data in real-time unless the system is located in Intensive Care Units (ICUs). In many of these cases, real-time monitoring is needed to prevent patients from experiencing additional or further physiological deterioration while healthcare practitioners address the primary reason for admission.
However, systems outside of the ICU rarely provide true real-time RPM. Healthcare practitioners outside of the ICU may be required to care for up to five or six patients at once. In non-ICU units, a physical inspection of the medical instrument and nurse interpretation is needed to assess a patient's physiological condition and adverse event potential. Thus, it is impossible to rely on direct, in-person monitoring to observe the potential markers of adverse events in patients.
Why is Real-Time RPM Needed?
Recent studies have suggested that up to 60% of acute care adverse events can be prevented with improved patient monitoring. In many cases, unusual fluctuations in a patient's vital signs can often serve as an indication of an impending adverse event. However, with demanding patient-nurse ratios in non ICU units, a healthcare practitioners ability to assess changes in a patient's physiological profile and determine markers remains extremely limited, and they can be unaware of early changes in a patient's condition unless a device's audio-based alarm sounds. In units housing patients recovering from surgery or ICU discharge, these subtle changes are vital to anticipating an adverse event, and healthcare practitioners need better tools to help care for their patients.
What is the Beat Analytics Solution?
To combat the problems of non-ICU remote monitoring and connectivity, Darroch Medical created the Beat Analytics Solution. Capable of wirelessly integrating existing bedside medical devices from a variety of vendors and aggregating device data to create individualized patient profiles, the cost-effective Beat Analytics System uses a combination of machine learning and statistical analysis to extract patterns that mirror established precursors to adverse events and notifies nurses of such patterns.