Role of RPM
Remote patient monitoring (RPM) is used to monitor patients who are most at-risk for rehospitalizations, likely due to pre-existing chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and respiratory illness. RPM is also increasingly used with rising-risk patients as physicians and agencies seek to better manage these patients earlier in the continuum of care. And, RPM is used with COVID-19 patients especially when agencies are helping to alleviate the strain on hospitals’ available beds but need to actively monitor patients’ oxygen levels and other vitals.
How RPM Benefits Patients
Synzi’s RPM solution allows patients to continue to be cared for at home while their conditions are monitored by agency clinicians:
- Patients can easily share their vital sign using their smartphones, tablets, and Bluetoothed-enabled devices (such as a thermometer, blood pressure cuff, pulse oximeter, glucose meter, and scale). The Synzi app automatically and securely transmits their info to an agency’s staff.
- Patients prefer to heal at home – especially if they can be supported by the companionship from loved ones vs. residing in facilities where visitor access may be restricted during the PHE.
- Patients will not need to be interrupted by – or wait for – staff to arrive on a daily basis or multiple times a day to take one’s vital signs. This helps agency staff stay on top of patient care and gives patients more freedom and flexibility in their day-to-day life.
How RPM Benefits Agencies
Using Synzi’s RPM solution, agencies can track trends and respond quickly to a patient if an abnormal reading is observed. This helps patients receive immediate intervention without delay due to staffing shortages or overwhelming caseloads.
- Agency clinicians can virtually monitor patient vitals such as weight, temperature, blood pressure, blood oxygen levels, glucose levels, and heart rate.
- Patients receive an automated reminder via email or text (depending upon their preference) as to when they should provide a reading. Agencies can also launch an On-demand RPM request by clicking on the “request reading” button as often as needed, outside of the scheduled program event.
- After patients’ vitals are transmitted, agency clinicians and the referring physician can review the data and will be alerted if there is an abnormal reading. If the data indicates an abnormal reading, agency staff can reach out to the patient and ask him/her to provide a second reading through the Synzi app and/or discuss the patient’s condition and next steps regarding further medical attention.
Agency staff can provide time-saving and life-saving care by using Synzi to continue monitoring patients’ conditions in-between visits.