Electronics technology is playing a progressively more important role in the field of health care because it offers many possibilities; for example, the remote monitoring of patient’s conditions by tracking the physical parameters. One instance is monitoring the heart rate or blood pressure in order to enhance the quality of their life, this is known as Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM):
“Often abbreviated as RPM (and sometimes known as remote patient management), remote patient monitoring is a method of healthcare delivery that uses the latest advances in information technology to gather patient data outside of traditional healthcare settings. “ Remote patient management is … about moving more healthcare out of the traditional setting, into the house and where people live, work and play every day,” explains Marcus Grindstaff, COO of Care Innovations, in the videos from this exclusive course . “And it's about using technologies to build the bridge that space between the traditional physical setting of healthcare, and where people really want to live every day.”… Strongly resembling the smartphones and tablets so widely used by people around the world today — and across all ages groups, seniors included — the Health Harmony RPM platform truly leverages technology in a way that makes patients feel comfortable with helping manage their own health. Naturally, this comfort increases their engagement levels; and by increasing engagement, remote patient monitoring can help improve quality of care. Not only are patients incentivized to better engage with their own health thanks to the comfort of quality RPM models, but clinicians are also better equipped to understand and manage their patients’ health situations, with a more constant stream of data that provides a much clearer picture of the patients’ health. ” (Source: care innovations)
The electronics solutions for RPM are multiple, such as the motion sensors that track the movements of the patient inside their own home (see Figure 1)
“Changes in daily activities, such as how active a patient or resident is, how often home appliances are used, and sleep patterns, can help you understand and anticipate changes in health. Passive smart sensing provides a secure, unobtrusive look at patients' and residents' energy levels and overall well-being.”” (Source: care innovations)
The effectiveness and the reliability of the electronic components inside a remote monitoring system are key factors, for this reason these components are accurately engineered, developed and integrated (see Figure 2):
“Low-power modes enable intelligent motion-based power management with threshold sensing and active acceleration measurement at extremely low power dissipation.”
(Source: Digi-Key Electronics)
What do you think of the RPM solution? Do you think it is a good way to make the patient’s life more comfortable?