Many healthcare providers are turning to remote patient monitoring software to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. Catholic Health System Providence is using remote monitoring to keep more than 700 patients safe while alleviating stress on emergency room personnel.
Even before the COVID-19 outbreak, providers were adding remote patient monitoring to their offerings. According to a study from Spyglass, 88 percent of healthcare providers are investing in, or had already invested in, a remote system to help them care for patients with chronic conditions and monitor patients who are unable to travel for frequent office visits.
Remote patient monitoring includes the connected devices that patients wear and the platforms to analyze and display their data. These systems can also analyze self-reported data from patients, such as when they use their own blood glucose monitors. Here are the top six remote patient monitoring software platforms for 2020 that can do this.
Top 6 remote patient monitoring software platforms
- Resideo LifeStream
The fastest way to start remote patient monitoring is to set up forms so that patients can self-report the data they’re already collecting. These forms can be as basic or as comprehensive as needed. A basic form will include fields for the patient to enter their name, address, and patient ID number to match their data to their patient record.
JotForm offers HIPAA-compliant forms and a HIPAA-required business associate agreement (BAA) to collect this data, along with a set of templates to use. These forms are transmitted securely to you for your review and can be completed on a patient’s mobile device.
Dexcom focuses solely on blood glucose monitoring. It sells an entire system, hardware and software both, for remote patient monitoring. The Dexcom G6 CGM system consists of a wearable sensor and transmitter to send glucose numbers to a smart device. The software lets patients share their data with up to 10 people, so they can keep family members aware of their status.
The Dexcom Clarity software platform shares data with the healthcare professional monitoring the patient. This software tracks trends in blood glucose gleaned from the wearable device and provides the patient with a visual analysis of the data. Clinicians can use this data to adjust the patient’s treatment plan.
Senseonics also focuses solely on blood glucose monitoring. Its system consists of a removable transmitter and a sensor implanted under the skin by a healthcare professional.
The sensor is connected to a mobile app that analyzes patient data and provides alerts and information through the patient’s smartphone or smart watch when their blood glucose is too high.
The software also provides information on trends in glucose levels. Data can be shared with healthcare providers and family members to help with treatment.
Medtronic offers a full suite of remote patient monitoring software. It provides patient-facing apps for iOS and Android devices, which connect to devices that monitor vital signs and other health indicators like weight scales, glucometers, and blood pressure monitors. Healthcare providers can analyze the data with the Medtronic Care Management Services platform.
Clinicians are alerted if the patient’s data indicates that they’ve reached a predefined level so they can analyze trends and modify the patient’s care plan, as needed.
Resideo offers a full set of products and software for remote patient monitoring. The LifeStream software collects data from Resideo devices like blood pressure monitors and presents them in a dashboard for the clinician to view. Clinicians are alerted when patient data falls outside a set “normal” range.
LifeStream analyzes data trends to help clinicians create effective care plans, including a personalized education program to help patients manage their own care.
The Philips remote patient monitoring platform consists of its eCareCoordinator Clinical dashboard for clinicians and a companion app for patients, the eCareCompanion. This remote patient monitoring software relies on patient-reported data, as well as connected devices. For example, a patient can connect their blood glucose meter to upload data, as well as input their temperature.
Both the patient dashboard and the clinician dashboard analyze the data, including trends. The eCareCoordinator application lets clinicians customize patient care plans and coordinate care with other physicians and healthcare professionals.
Before you choose a remote patient monitoring software, assess the needs of your healthcare organization and determine which features are most important to you. For example, endocrinologists may want a platform just for diabetes management, while a geriatrician may choose remote patient monitoring software that connects with a variety of devices. Know what you need now and what you might need in the future, and select what will work best for you and your patients.