Aeris Blog

5 Reasons to Utilize Cellular Connectivity for Remote Patient Monitoring

September 04, 2014

iStock_000001925982_MediumAs the number of hospital visits and readmissions increases, it is becoming increasingly important for healthcare providers to monitor their patients remotely. Remote patient monitoring (RPM) devices capture patients’ data, such as heart rate or blood glucose levels, which can then be relayed to an application where it is analyzed and used by their specific healthcare providers.

Cellular connectivity is opening up new possibilities for all areas of medical technology.  Many healthcare organizations have already adopted wireless M2M technology for RPM. According to Insight, GBI Research recently predicted that the remote patient monitoring market in the United States will reach $296.5 million by 2019 – cellular connectivity will fuel this projected growth.

As the use of mobile devices in healthcare increases, wireless connectivity will take over the transmission of patient data from monitoring devices to healthcare providers. MedCityNews reported that while wired phone systems and Local Area Networks (LAN) have been popular modes of transmission in the past, the influx of mobile technology has led to the need for another option. The use of cellular connectivity is currently increasing dramatically and it is predicted that it will account for 74% of device connectivity by 2018.

Cellular connectivity is becoming the best option for data transmission for many reasons, including:

1. Accessibility
Cellular connectivity is accessible anywhere you go, across the world. Healthcare providers and insurance payors always have access to patient monitoring data, allowing them to intervene and take action when necessary and/or in an emergency.

2. Automatic Transmission
Direct, automatic transfer of patient monitoring data from the RPM device to the data center ensures that patient-recorded data stays secure and does not get lost.

3. Availability
Always-on technology transmits data whenever necessary, at any time of the day. Healthcare providers and insurance payors can access this data whenever they need to, leading to better clinical outcomes and improved quality of life for patients.

4. Ease of Use
No in-home installation is required, as remote patient monitoring devices are ready for each patient to use once they are turned on. This ensures a seamless start-up process, allowing monitoring to begin immediately.

5. Reduced Risk
Continuous patient monitoring post-discharge reduces the risk of hospital readmissions. Healthcare providers have the ability use RPM to extend their clinical environment into each patient’s home, consequently allowing them to provide real-time support and interventions.

Cellular connectivity is one of the most advanced options available for RPM – not only does it benefit healthcare providers and insurance payors, it improves each patient’s experience and increases the quality of healthcare services they receive. Aeris Communications utilizes innovative cellular connectivity solutions that provide users with stable, secure and reliable RPM offerings. Are you ready to implement an RPM solution in your organization? Schedule your free consultation to see if Aeris is right for you.


New Call-to-action