Early evidence indicates that patients will embrace these innovations and boost performance. A 2012 eHealth patient study showed that 33 percent of patients want remote monitoring systems to be available to their doctors. Older patients want even more of these technologies. Forty percent of older patients want access to technology that if they have a health emergency, will alert doctors and other caregivers and allow them to live longer independently.
Healthcare is expected to undergo a revolutionary transition as these changes unfold. Technology-enabled care model designs aim to deliver quality care for patients, while enhancing clinical and financial efficiency for health systems, according to a comprehensive AHRQ report. They would also have a profound influence in the process of how health systems interpret and deliver treatment. Such approaches change the attention of the health system from responding to acute treatment.
These innovations are proving commercially viable already. Kalorama Information’s study put the U.S. market for remote patient monitoring at approximately $4 billion in 2007, more than doubling to $8.9 billion in 2011. For 2012, the market increased to $10.6 billion by an additional 20 percent, and Kalorama estimates that by 2016 the market size would hit $20.9 billion.
The models facilitate the use of all members of the care team’s skills, including patients and their families. Sophisticated analytics technologies and experience on the part of health systems will be needed to turn the mass of data from wearable devices into actionable knowledge. Among all healthcare professionals, the study of massive datasets, so-called Big Data, will need to become a core competency. In short, these forces have the ability to generate the form of fast-paced and disruptive.
If the aim is to preserve medical continuity among chronically ill patients, avoid readmissions, increase compliance, alter habits, or modify the living condition of a patient, remote monitoring systems give the possibility of keeping patients outside the costly acute-care system more in contact with their care providers over time. To bring a worsening condition to the attention of the provider, neither patients nor clinicians need to wait for disasters to occur.