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Hospitals turn to remote monitoring to fix crowded ERs

Many emergency rooms are seriously overcrowded and understaffed. One type of health IT that may help: remote patient monitoring systems. 

Remote patient monitoring systems are one of the strongest medical device market areas in terms of revenue growth, according to a recent report, Remote and Wireless Patient Monitoring Markets, published by market research firm Kalorama Information.

Those remote monitoring systems have many benefits for healthcare providers and patients, including the ability to lower readmission rates, improve care outcomes and expand patient reach.

However, another major reason hospitals are buying those systems: overcrowded emergency rooms. When doctors have a better idea of a patient’s condition before they get to the hospital, they can better know whether or not an emergency room visit is necessary. Often, remote monitoring systems help avoid an unnecessary trip to the ER.

Many hospitals are also concerned with an increasing need to divert incoming patients to ERs at other hospitals. Often, those decisions have to be made while a patient is already in an ambulance on the way to the hospital, and that can waste valuable time needed to treat the patient. Facilities are turning to remote monitoring to boost their efficiency and reduce the need for patient diversions.

The increasing popularity of those systems is also due to advancements in their functionality. Systems being introduced now have many advanced features, such as functions that allow doctors or nurses to communicate with a remote patient in real time through a video chat.

Also, many new peripherals are becoming available, allowing doctors to monitor additional conditions and vital signs. Some of the most common remote monitoring devices include blood gas monitors, blood pressure monitors, glucose meters, pacemaker monitors, ICD monitors, ultrasound, thermometers and weight scales, according to Kalorama.

As a result in the sales growth of remote patient monitoring systems, many new vendors have appeared in the market, giving facilities a wide array of choices, the researchers said.

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