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MedTech Boston caught up with our favorite Dr. Joseph Kvedar, Director for the Center for Connected Health, and Host of the Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM), to ask him his experiences with RPM.
What are you already doing with Remote Patient Monitoring?
The Center for Connected Health has developed a number of remote patient monitoring programs focusing on empowering patients and providers to improve chronic disease management and outcomes. We have RPM initiatives being implemented throughout the Partners network, including connected health programs for patients with hypertension, diabetes and heart failure.
What are some of your early findings? Are you overall very hopeful?
We are extremely pleased with our remote patient monitoring programs and foresee important opportunities to expand remote monitoring in the future. Our Connected Cardiac Care program reduced hospital readmissions by 50% for heart failure patients, and is now integrated as a standard protocol for all of Partners high risk patients via Partners HealthCare at Home. In addition, our Blood Pressure Connect and Diabetes Connect programs are helping patients achieve positive behavior change to better manage their health and provide just-in-time care to improve care management and outcomes. For example, Diabetes Connect has demonstrated that patients actively engaged in this program can better manage their diabetes and reduce HbA1c. In a recent study, we saw an average drop in A1c of 1.5%, which is significant.
Do you think we’re still early in Remote Patient Monitoring? Or do you think this will be widespread in the next 6-12 months?
As soon as our healthcare system can figure out the right economic model to compensate for remote monitoring, it will take off. The benefits to patient care and outcomes, as well as the ultimate cost savings are clear. In the context of value-based payment models, this type of care delivery model should flourish.
What are the clear benefits that you’re already seeing from Remote Patient Monitoring?
Patients feel more engaged with their providers and more empowered and better informed to make healthier lifestyle choices. And, providers are able to easily monitor patients, in real time, and intervene as needed, rather than during a predetermined office visit. As a result, clinical outcomes are improving, limited healthcare resources are better utilized and healthcare costs are reduced.
What are common misconceptions about Remote Patient Monitoring?
The biggest misconception is that patients, particularly older patients, are resistant to using technology. In most cases, we’ve found that to be untrue. The technology is incredibly simple – for example patients only need to press a button on a touch screen to submit their health data that is wirelessly collected and transmitted. Patients feel better cared for and connected. In fact, we hear from patients all the time that they don’t want to be without their remote monitoring devices, its more convenient than having to run to the doctor’s office for a blood pressure check, they feel better connected to their provider and are more satisfied with their care.
My passion is healthcare optimization, whether that is with innovation, making scientific discoveries, or improving delivery. I love bringing people and ideas together and making projects work. With this, medicine exists to improve lives, and I will strive to always help patients and those around me.
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