Your dad was recently in the hospital after his blood sugar levels rose too high. His medical team recommends remote patient monitoring when he’s back home. What is it and how will it help?
What Remote Patient Monitoring Can Do
Remote patient monitoring is a service where remote care coordinators call and talk to your dad by phone or video chat to assess his health and well-being. If it’s determined that things aren’t ideal, changes in medications or appointments to see his doctor are arranged.
Your dad gets a telehealth kit that contains a tablet used to communicate with the care team. If he prefers his own phone or tablet, you can help him install the app instead. That kit also includes sensors that can detect falls, ensure he’s opening/shutting the refrigerator, and moving around enough.
With the medical equipment that’s also available to your dad, such as a smartwatch, electronic blood pressure cuff, glucometer, etc., his care coordinators can check his blood pressure, pulse, oxygen saturation rates, and blood sugar levels after he uses the equipment. The equipment sends the data to the system for the remote care team to analyze.
The other benefit of remote patient monitoring is that your dad never feels alone. He has care coordinators checking on him and easing loneliness and anxiety.
While the video chats are ideal for viewing your dad, he may not be able to use the technology. If that’s the case, there are ways to do the same via phone calls. He will not be left out or ignored if he can’t figure out the technology when no one is around to help him.
How Do You Get Started?
First, talk to your dad’s medical team about the steps he needs to take. It may be beneficial to arrange remote patient monitoring, and also to have him work with a dietitian to learn the best foods to eat each day.
Second, ask his doctor about the best glucometer and other equipment he can use to ensure that a remote patient monitoring service works effectively for your dad’s specific needs. Find out how often he should test his sugar levels, and what he needs to do if they’re off.
Third, take all the information the doctors give you and call an agency that specializes in remote patient monitoring and virtual caregiving. The more information you can provide, the easier it is to establish the best care plan. Changes can be made as needed.
Remote patient monitoring services are one of the best ways to help your dad during his recovery, without making him feel overwhelmed. He can have professionals working with him virtually to ensure he’s doing well. Remote patient monitoring helps prevent rehospitalizations, which should always be your goal.