Medical device design has been growing rapidly, searching for innovative and effective solutions that can meet current health problems. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a global health crisis and changed the perception of health systems drastically. It showed an increased demand for remote health solutions that could help patients without endangering healthcare providers.
Remote Patient Monitoring Systems
Remote patient monitoring (RPM) systems are integrated tools, systems, processes, and equipment that assist healthcare providers in observing and measuring health parameters in patients remotely. They utilize digital technologies to capture and transmit patient health data electronically to health professionals. Then, health centers interpret the data results and develop a treatment plan for the patient. Such systems are integral to constant monitoring, with warning mechanisms to detect and record shifts in patient wellbeing playing a pivotal role in modern healthcare settings. Not only does it contribute to tailor-made healing plans, but it also reduces costs and improves outcomes for patients.
Elements of remote patient monitoring systems
A patient device, equipped with sensors, comes into contact with the patient (or is inserted into their body). The patient device digitalizes the information gathered by sensors, collects it, prepares data, and sends it to the user access device for analysis.
A user access device for health professionals is a device that receives the data or has access to it via the cloud and displays it on the user interface; in many cases, it is just a computer. The user-access device displays the data for interpretation.
Software. The patient device and user access device utilize software to process the data It translates the data gathered by devices and allows medical professionals to understand and interpret it.
Types of remote patient monitoring systems
RPM devices have transformed patient care, particularly for those managing chronic conditions or undergoing post-operative recovery, by providing real-time health data. This constant stream of information not only empowers patients in their own health management but also enables healthcare providers to make informed decisions, tailor treatments, and intervene promptly when necessary. Patients can monitor their vitals according to their needs and the diseases they suffer from.
Heart rate monitors continuously monitor and record the heart rate and rhythm of patients with cardiovascular conditions. Blood pressure monitors help patients with hypertension or other heart-related conditions. Blood glucose monitors are crucial for diabetic patients for blood sugar level tracking. Respiratory rate monitors are important for patients with respiratory conditions. Spirometers (like Aio Care) measure the volume of air inhaled and exhaled by the lungs in patients with asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Oxygen saturation monitors or pulse oximeters measure the oxygen levels in the blood, which are critical for patients with respiratory diseases or those recovering from surgeries. Electrocardiogram (ECG) monitors record the electrical activity of the heart over a period of time, which is helpful for patients with heart diseases. Sleep monitors (like Clebre) monitor breathing and oxygen levels during sleep, which is important for patients with sleep apnea or other sleep disorders. Weight monitors are often used for patients with heart failure or obesity. These devices track weight changes that may indicate worsening or improvement of the condition. Temperature monitors track body temperature and are important for a wide range of conditions, including infectious diseases. Fetal monitoring systems (like Pregnabit Pro) observe the heart rate and movement of fetuses in high-risk pregnancies. Implantable monitors are devices implanted in patients (e.g. cardiac monitors), providing continuous data on various health parameters.
These systems, essential in managing the care of critically ill patients, provide precise and timely information crucial for effective patient care decision-making. This facilitates health care providers in assessing, diagnosing, and treating health conditions more efficiently, revolutionizing medical care by reducing costs and improving patient outcomes. With an aging global population and a rise in chronic diseases, including civilizational diseases, there is a growing need for continuous monitoring of health conditions. If you have a medical project that you want to develop–don’t hesitate to contact us.