There are some very good reasons why remote patient management (RPM) is gaining popularity among healthcare systems and providers across the United States — for instance, its ability to effectively manage a variety of patient conditions while also delivering better care and saving valuable dollars.
In fact, RPM has become so effective in the improvement of care and managing of costs, that it’s rapidly being adapted for the treatment of a larger variety of patient populations. Originally known best for treating seniors and those with chronic conditions like congestive heart failure, RPM is now being used by a diverse variety of patient populations including those with high-risk pregnancy and post-discharge organ transplants. (Read more about the expanding uses of RPM here.)
With this in mind, today’s healthcare organizations have more choices than ever when determining what patient populations they should introduce to remote patient management — yet, there are some very important factors to be considered before making that choice, as our telehealth experts explain in a recent video from the Care Innovations RPM Academy.
(And our experts do advise first implementing RPM among a specific patient population before rolling it out to the population at large. If you haven’t already, you can read more about the recommended RPM deployment process here.)
How to Select a Patient Population for RPM Deployment
So, what should healthcare organizations and administrators consider when deciding what patient populations are best suited for an initial RPM program deployment?
“Selecting a patient population for a RPM program takes in a number of factors,” says Care Innovations® Chief Clinical Officer Julie Cherry (RN, MSN) in the video.
“We'd look at healthcare costs, utilization, primary and secondary diagnoses,” she explains, “’but also take into consideration some of the socioeconomic data that's available based on regions where people live, where they shop, and what they buy.”
That socioeconomic data is important in determining to what extent a patient population is likely to engage with the consumer technology that RPM programs are often built around.
“What is their connectivity?” Julie asks. “What is their educational level and their reading level?”
If determining all these factors sounds like a daunting task, worry not — remote patient management providers like Care Innovations specialize in handling this part of the process on a healthcare provider’s behalf, using cutting-edge population health management tools to determine the best patient population for RPM program implementation.
“There are lots of wonderful risk tools we can apply to a data set, a population data, to really come up with a comprehensive identification of patients who are most at risk if they don't engage with some sort of a remote patient management model,” Julie explains.
“Putting all those pieces together [and] applying them to a data set of your population will culminate in a very, very targeted list of what patients are most appropriate, and where the opportunity is for you as an organization to implement remote patient management models of care,” she adds.
We invite you to learn more about which patient population may be best suited for remote patient management intervention: Contact a Care Innovations representative for more information. And don’t forget to check out the Care Innovations RPM Academy for more videos highlighting the wide variety of benefits offered by remote patient management.