Remote patient monitoring (RPM) has completely upgraded the infrastructure of the healthcare sector. For instance, the traditional way of visiting healthcare centers to see a doctor for consultation is soon going to be a history. In the 21st century, the telehealth technology thrives and spreads throughout the globe. A remote patient monitoring is a result of telehealth system up-gradation which alleviates the healthcare sector and is a subcategory of chronic care management. Since everything includes in the telehealth sector has changed the way people communicate with the doctor, it comes with tremendous advantages. Besides advantages, there exist numerous challenges for remote patient care implementation.
Remote patient monitoring (RPM) consists of certain challenges. However, these challenges can be overcome using strategical and technical means, depending on the patient and the doctor’s skills to deal with it.
Here are a few challenges for remote patient monitoring we have compiled:
Managing data is the most essential part of the system because doctors analyze the patient using this data. Therefore, accurate data can help determine the current patient’s condition. In this case, you can better rely on the results and reports obtained by the devices since there are fewer chances that the data is inaccurate. However, healthcare professionals are prone to consider and treat according to the results and data provided. They believe the data obtained is of the highest accuracy and take decisive action according to the data, especially potential disorders and chronic pain. Managing the treatment remotely is called remote patient monitoring.
Whether it’s the healthcare sector or any other media communication, network security is the most sensitive area which needs to be strongly secured. Hackers and cybercriminals can disrupt the RPM platform. Therefore, the security of the data needs robust data management strategies, such as iron security protocol and boundaries of ownership. Mostly, third-parties handle and manage large data hubs. The patient’s data on the third-party’s computer or network is also at risk. Hospitals and clinics can manage to make their network security stronger, but what about the data on the PCs outside the hospital’s network?
The information transfer needs the RPM to work fluently without any delay, but multiple transfers is a complicated process that takes time. The first step of data transfer is the data uploading from the patients’ mobile device and then the data travels through the ISPs, from the data centers it reaches to the remote patient monitoring platform network. In the case, if a single pathway is interrupted and data stops somewhere in between, the data can tremendously delay in reaching its destination.
Unfortunately, it is not practically possible that all healthcare providers use the same network for using remote patient monitoring technology. If it would be a case, the network, service and security would have been far much stronger and easier than we can imagine. However, that is not the case. For instance, healthcare professionals in the UK tend to use outdated tools stacks and a labyrinth for different things and systems.
Keeping these parameters in mind, remote patient monitoring has to be carried out very prudently. A careful execution would ultimately avoid the patients’ records files corruption.
For making integration simple and reduce the security risks, the clinical setting can also use RPM device provision themselves, instead of using a third-party device or app for collecting data. In 2016, reviews were noted in the US, where 13 independent studies concluded the cost between $275 and $7964 for each patient. However, this kind of solution is practically not possible for every hospital or healthcare setting. The high cost of the RPM devices is the biggest hurdle in implementing remote patient care strategies.