Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are using remote patient monitoring (RPM) technology as an early symptom management tool, with 55% saying they have deployed such tech to manage high-risk chronically ill patients.
The findings presented by Spyglass Consulting Group—a Menlo Park, California focused on information technology and healthcare—suggest that remote monitoring technology represents a growing trend among home health agencies, community hospitals and other healthcare providers.
The majority of healthcare providers interviewed for Spyglass’ survey either have become, or were in the process of becoming, an ACO.
The 55% that have deployed the technology are looking at how RPM can address issues such as reducing hospitalizations, value-based financial incentives focused on chronic disease management and new patient-centered care models where patients take an active role in managing their health.
But while a majority have adopted the technology, 71% expressed concerns about integrating RPM with existing clinical care processes and clinical information systems including their electronic medical record.
Additionally, 58% of surveyed healthcare providers questioned that RPM tech does not provide adequate support for clinical analytics and decision support tools.
Spyglass’ Trends in Remote Patient Monitoring 2013 is an outgrowth of a similar study published by the consulting firm in March 2009 titled Trends in Remote Patient Monitoring 2009.
Content for the latest study derived from more than 100 interviews conducted over a two-month period starting in March 2013, with healthcare organizations involved in telehealth/telemedicine, including home health agencies, standalone community hospitals, multi-hospital delivery systems, government agencies and payers.
Written by Jason Oliva