Healthcare IoT or IoMT has taken off, and more and more patients are preferring the care of providers who offer digital capabilities. According to Accenture’s 2019 Digital Health Survey, the number of patients likely to choose a medical provider based on their digital capabilities increased from 2016 for all the components surveyed:
One of the areas that experienced the largest growth was the growing number of consumers who preferred medical providers that incorporated remote or tele-monitoring devices. That number rose from 39% in 2016 to 53% in 2019.
As you already know, remote patient monitoring (RPM) is an aspect of healthcare IoT or IoMT that gives you the ability to collect and assess medical and health data from patients’ wearable devices. As a primary care provider, RPM can give you a clearer picture when you make your health recommendations and allow you keep a closer eye on patients after they’ve left your practice.
The range of health conditions that can be monitored remotely is plentiful. Monitoring programs can collect patient data on vital signs, weight, body temperature, blood pressure, blood sugar, blood oxygen levels, heart rate, and electrocardiograms.
How can healthcare IoT elevate your primary care practice?
- Attract more patients
Your use of healthcare IoT will make your practice more appealing to patients. Many patients—especially younger patients—are moving to doctors who can provide a better overall experience when it comes to managing their healthcare needs. With healthcare IoT incorporated into your practice, you’ll be able to better collaborate with patients who want to manage their own wellness through mobile devices and apps.
- Provide better continuity of care
One of the most obvious benefits of healthcare IoT is that it gives doctors the ability to monitor patients outside of their practice. By collecting and reviewing data from your patients’ devices, you’ll be in a better position to know when an illness has taken a turn for the worst or when a situation requires your intervention. Intervention does not necessarily mean an in-person visit, however. You can push out relevant content to your patient informing them of next steps to take, or conduct a synchronous or asynchronous telehealth visit.
- Improve patient engagement
Healthcare IoT can improve your patient engagement beginning before a patient arrives at your practice and continuing long after they have left. With a secure app, you can send patients forms to fill out before they arrive. Once they get to your practice, you can provide self-check-in stations to reduce congestion at the receptionist’s desk and free up more time for phone inquiries while educating waiting patients through customizable waiting room digital screens. Tablets in the exam room can provide further avenues for interaction. After their visit, patients can remain connected through your mobile app, where they can receive follow up instructions, review lab test results, order prescription refills, and even learn more about their condition.
- Increase your revenue
Since healthcare IoT allows you to care for patients in their homes or in non-traditional settings, it can open up additional revenue streams for your primary care practice. With healthcare IoT, you’ll not only be able to derive revenue from returning satisfied patients, you’ll be able to expand the number of patients you can reach through synchronous and asynchronous telehealth visits. As the use of healthcare IoT has expanded, so have the CPT codes available to support its use, particularly for telehealth and telemedicine purposes.