As a healthcare professional, you are likely already using some form of remote patient monitoring. If you aren’t utilizing it yet, it’s probable that you will want to start in the near future.
Emerging technologies have made the remote monitoring of patients easier than ever, and it has become a popular feature for post-operative and remote patient care. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of remote patient monitoring, and at some of the reasons you may wish to implement (or improve) it in your practice.
Remote patient monitoring refers to the use of technology to track health information from outside of the doctor’s office. While these technologies expanded as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic, remote monitoring for reconstructive surgery is new and needed.
With remote patient monitoring, patients can continue to update their doctors as they heal from home requiring fewer in-person visits but the same level of care. Additionally, remote monitoring gives surgeons greater insight into postoperative outcomes.
There are substantial benefits of remote patient monitoring in a surgical practice. In the Canadian Medical Association Journal, John Semple and Kathleen Armstrong explain that “there is a growing trend to reduce the total length of stay in hospital while minimizing readmissions and increasing patient engagement in self-care.” The answer, they conclude, is the increase in the deployment of mobile applications that allow a patient to report progress and complications.
Perhaps the best way to examine the patient remote monitoring process in plastic and reconstructive surgery is to think through what it may look like.
Assuming the procedure goes to plan, the remote monitoring process currently involves the patient reporting progress through email and text messages. These are augmented by video calls. Semple and Armstrong suggest that practitioners also utilize “validated questionnaires that contain quality-of-recovery indicators such as degree of nausea and/or vomiting.”
While the status quo is effective in many cases, it does beg the question of what technologies exist that may bring more to the table?
MirrorMe3D brings remote monitoring up to speed with a powerful patient imaging repository for future review and maximizing outcomes. Closely monitoring patients after surgery or between procedures gives surgeons greater insight for critical decision making and offers patients a more inclusive experience with the surgeon and their team.
Did you know? 64% of patients want more personalized communication and more touchpoints with doctors and highly rated providers for patient satisfaction account for a difference of $444 in net patient revenue.
And, MirrorMe’s innovative 3D Splint Kit allows the surgeon to maximize health outcomes by guiding the healing process 24/7 until the optimal result is achieved.
The combination of all of these technological tools can shape the remote patient monitoring process for plastic and reconstructive surgery.