There are many keys to a successful deployment of remote patient monitoring (RPM) devices, which we covered in a recent post on the Beginner’s Guide to Understanding M2M Connectivity for Remote Patient Monitoring.
With all these things in mind, what’s the one thing you should avoid when you’re choosing a provider for your RPM devices?
The answer: make sure your provider has a dedicated M2M network!
RPM devices are critical to the healthcare industry because they reduce spending and medical errors while improving patient care and overall health outcomes. Strong and reliable M2M networks will be even more important in the future as more technology is adopted around the world. The RPM device industry alone is expected to be a $20 billion industry by 2016 – that’s up from $8.9 billion in 2011.
When you add in the fact that over 4.5 billion people are using mobile phones on cellular networks in 2014 alone, there is definitely a need for dedicated M2M networks to reduce overall traffic and secure device reliability. Without it, critical patient data from RPM devices is competing for bandwidth with applications like YouTube, Vine, Facebook, Instagram etc.
A provider that has a dedicated mobile core network for M2M services does not run into bandwidth problems and it is also inherently more secure. So make sure you’re using a dedicated M2M network like what Aeris operates.
Aeris support staff are extremely knowledgeable and have support large customers with real issues in the field on a daily basis. If you'd like to learn more about Aeris’ services, call 1-888-462-3747 in the U.S. or +44 118 925 3202 in Europe or schedule your free M2M consultation today!