Published on June 29, 2021 by AliveCor India

A Paradigm Shift after Covid-19- Let's Talk about Remote Monitoring

With the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the use of telehealth technologies witnessed a dramatic rise. To keep the patients safe and at home, doctors turned to Remote Patients Monitoring (RPM) to evaluate and monitor patients while keeping them at home.

The technological evolution within healthcare has not only improved the health of patients through innovative treatments but has also contributed to a paradigm shift in the dynamics of the doctor-patient relationship.

Remote patient monitoring uses innovative technological tools to gather and track patient data outside the standard healthcare settings. However, Cardiology was one of the first medical specialities to incorporate RPM into standard practice.

Some studies suggest that patients using RPM showed a 50% drop in mortality from arrhythmias and congestive heart failure compared to those receiving standard, in-person check-ups.

How is technology transforming cardiac care?

From on-the-go diagnosis, monitoring and managing heart rhythm issues to recording data on even the minutest changes, new remote monitoring devices are much more precise and accurate. With the data from these connected devices, doctors can initiate consultations with patients while drawing up additional information from their daily records, streamlining the entire process.

Remote care has enhanced existing treatments by facilitating greater communication and delivery of care to patients from the comfort of their homes.

Remote heart monitoring is an effective and accurate tool for monitoring the heart health of patients during the pandemic and with devices like AliveCor’s KardiaMobile 6L and KardiaPro, it has become easy to keep track of heart health and get instant, accurate results. The US-FDA cleared device can let you take an ECG in just 30 seconds without any hassle of wires and gels.

AliveCor’s KardiaPro provides real-time on-demand full disclosure of ECG data 24/7 that clinicians may access anytime, anywhere. It helps the clinicians in managing the existing or new patients from a distance. The doctor can easily streamline ECG and blood pressure interpretation with no data overload. Also, it helps them to access, annotate and e-sign summary reports.

Apart from the patients, cardiac RPM devices help the clinician as well

  • By remotely transitioning the monitor between Holter, Event, and MCT during monitoring periods, RPM streamlines office and hospital visits.

  • It eliminates the need for intermediaries in the patient enrollments

  • The data from the report can enhance the clinician's ability to detect—and make a timely diagnosis of atrial fibrillation, tachycardia, and other arrhythmias.

  • The physician can facilitate decision-making by keeping a control of the reports and get all the data needed to optimize diagnosis accuracy.

Remote cardiac monitoring has become part of the standard care for cardiac patients, especially those with remote cardiac devices. Easy access to real-time telemetry data allows cardiologists to decide whether symptoms represent true medical emergencies thereby monitoring them at the comfort of the home.

While the standard office visit is not yet a thing of the past, many believe that RPM technologies like KardiaPro represent the future of healthcare. The current health crisis due to the Covid-19 pandemic has served as a catalyst for the adoption of technological advancements both for the patients and clinicians and it will continue to drive improvements in healthcare well beyond the pandemic, with continued innovation in providing remote care.

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