Remote patient monitoring to gain big momentum in 2020
“2019 was kind of the trial run or dress rehearsal for RPM reimbursement,” says one expert. “2020 will be the culmination of all those efforts.”
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“All of this must also be connected to the existing healthcare infrastructure including security and communications standards such as HIPAA and HL7,” Rock explained. “If we can do all of that, and I believe it’s possible in 2020, we will change healthcare – and change lives.”
Harry Soza, CEO of CAREMINDr, Silicon Valley tech company that partners with health plans and providers to advance population health management through RPM, said he sees potential for “significant growth” in RPM in 2020.
“We have clients that are beginning rapid, large scale expansion of their RPM programs after having run smaller pilots during 2019,” he said. “This type of expansion absolutely requires specialized monitoring systems, because RPM care is fundamentally different from the traditional methods of providers interacting with patients.”
Soza said RPM requires a “fundamental change” in how a provider system organizes itself and its relationships with patients, because it is non-face-to-face, and requires a patient to become a responsible, engaged partner with their doctor – which brings new types of challenges related to the business of delivering care.
“Many of the barriers hindering expansion of RPM programs can be solved through a blend of business management and new technology approaches,” he explained. “Acceleration in adoption can only occur when the systems being implemented are easy for provider groups to adopt, but also comprehensive as related to their business needs. This is the largest challenge in the RPM industry today.”