When remote care emerged as an opportunity to deliver quality care during the pandemic, practices across the country began implementing remote patient monitoring (RPM) solutions. These tools can deliver patient-reported health data in real-time while allowing providers and care teams to monitor patients who are at higher risk for complications because of their chronic illnesses. Aside from choosing the best RPM solution and partner for your practice, it’s also important that it can integrate fully with your electronic health records (EHR). Below, we have outlined three reasons why integrating them can maximize efficiency while producing positive clinical and financial outcomes.
Improving patient outcomes is among the most prevalent reasons to consider implementing RPM solutions. Tracking patients’ specific health metrics remotely such as blood glucose levels, blood pressure, and sleep can help providers detect small signs of deterioration that can be addressed before it becomes a serious health concern. These small changes may not be noticeable to the patient, and in the absence of an appointment with a healthcare provider, would not be detected until it’s too late.
When you integrate RPM with an EHR, Wellbox’s nurses document notes directly within it and can set up notifications that alert you to changes in patient health that could indicate a problem. They can also make and schedule preventive appointments or early interventions. These collaborative efforts among patients, our care team, and your practice can help improve clinical outcomes, expand access to care, and prevent hospitalizations while reducing readmissions.
Since the Affordable Care Act’s effect began, providers have implemented value-based care strategies that can assist in lowering healthcare costs. With more than 90% of healthcare costs coming from treating the chronically ill patient population, these high costs are often driven by hospital-based care or emergency room visits. Although they are essential points of care when a patient needs emergency medical attention, early interventions could possibly prevent unnecessary ER visits or hospital admissions and save the healthcare system potentially $8.3 billion in costs. Integrating your EHR with your RPM solutions allows you to identify risks early and address patient health concerns before they become significant.
Integrating RPM solutions and EHRs can offer convenience for you and your staff because you’re able to optimize time spent with patients. The data your RPM solutions collect from patients is valuable and essential as part of their health record. In the absence of seamless integration, our care team and your staff would have to manually enter, upload, or attach patient information to the EHR. Integrated solutions simply transfer data straight to the patient’s record so it is available and searchable for you or any provider who sees the patient in the future.
Manual data entry also opens up your health records to the risk of errors, which are unfortunately common. In serious cases, those errors can have grave or life-threatening consequences.
Wellbox’s RPM solutions are designed to integrate with the EHRs from AdvancedMD. We partnered to bring your practice the best RPM and EHR for seamless patient care that improves outcomes while lowering healthcare costs.