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Top Challenges Collecting Patient Data Using Traditional Methods for Remote Patient Monitoring

October 08, 2014

4140082M2M cellular connectivity is a best practice choice for healthcare providers and companies that are looking to monitor their patients’ health. Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) has been proven to improve health outcomes and reduce overall costs across the healthcare industry.

However, there are still many M2M devices using older, more traditional methods for RPM which pose several challenges, including:

 SD Cards

  • Data can be corrupted when pulling out the card from the slot.

  • Patients have to manually take the card from the device to the PC and upload the file – lots of opportunity for user error, possible data manipulation.

  • Sometimes the SD cards need to be shipped back – again very cumbersome process leading to poor compliance.

PSTN based solutions

  • Users need to establish a connection every time the data needs to be sent.

  • As a general trend, land lines are being disconnected.

  • These are not effective when the patient is outside their home (lack of mobility).

Wi-Fi + Broadband

  • Not every home has broadband installed, especially in rural areas.

  • The service can adds n additional recurring monthly cost for patients.

  • It's not a plug-n-play installation - someone needs to setup the device, often using a very limited user interface.

With M2M via cellular connectivity, devices can be pre-activated and ready to transmit data as soon as it’s powered on in patients’ homes. Since these devices are automated and always on, they provide better data for the entire healthcare industry. There’s also no cost to patients as the wireless connectivity cost is included as part of health insurance benefits.

Looking to learn more about M2M and how to ensure your company can take advantage of the benefits of cellular connectivity? Download our white paper about the evolution of M2M or contact us today!


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