Post-acute patient care is an essential part of any healthcare system and is often the most time-consuming part of a doctor’s job. Most acute symptoms stem from a chronic disease. The doctors are responsible for finding and managing the real cause of the medical emergency once the patient is out of danger.
Let’s look at the post-acute care of COVID-19 patients and how CRPM can facilitate understanding and better managing the disease.
The long-term effects of COVID-19
In the case of COVID-19, managing and identifying long-term issues becomes even more essential. Throughout the pandemic, the healthcare industry learned a great deal about COVID. Not only does the virus enhance pre-existing conditions, but it can also introduce new issues in recovered patients.
With the virus getting under control in many places, doctors have shifted toward understanding and managing the long-term effects of this disease. To do that effectively, a comprehensive multi-parameter monitoring system with advanced data processing capabilities is necessary.
That’s where continuous remote patient monitoring (CRPM) comes in.
CRPM and RPM: Are they the same?
Both remote patient monitoring (RPM) and CRPM fall under the umbrella of telehealth, but there are a few essential differences between the two approaches.
RPM enables you to get your required data at needed intervals without engaging the nursing staff or requiring the patient to visit the hospital. While it is quite effective, RPM has several drawbacks because it overly relies on patient compliance and does not provide the complete picture.
CRPM is an advancement in the field that operates on the same foundation as RPM but eliminates the latter’s drawbacks. Generally, CRPM systems use different medical wearable devices and AI-integrated risk indexes to keep an eye on a patient’s health. Due to the continuous data stream, recognizing patterns and diagnosing underlying health conditions becomes simpler for healthcare providers and leads to a better quality of care.
Also, CRPM completely negates the system’s reliance on patient compliance. No one has to sit down at regular intervals to check their health parameters. Medical wearables like the Oxitone 1000M automatically acquire key insights as the patients live their lives as normal.
CRPM and post-acute care of COVID patients: How does it work?
While COVID-19 usually subsides in two or three weeks, many patients continue to show symptoms after several months. Moreover, the disease is not limited to the respiratory system. Apart from the lungs, its long-term effects can damage other essential organs, like the heart, brain, kidneys, etc.
Subtle drops in health parameters like the SPO2 levels, cardiac functions, respiratory rates, and others are among the first giveaway signs of severe underlying complications. However, these signs are often ignored because most patients avoid going to the doctor for every small thing. This can cause further deterioration of the patient’s health because most chronic conditions are time-dependent.
In the case of COVID-recovered patients, this becomes even more of an issue because the virus is known to weaken the patient’s natural defenses and make them more susceptible to serious health complications. Post-COVID effects include loss of memory, uneven sleeping patterns, and organ damage. Ignoring these symptoms or delaying treatment may have serious consequences. So, vigilance and a proactive approach are essential.
Fortunately, CRPM is a perfect solution to facilitate the post-acute care of COVID patients. It enables patients to manage post-COVID complex challenges at home and reduces the overall burden on the already strained healthcare infrastructure. CRPM systems monitor the patient’s overall health continuously and can predict chronic care events based on the incoming data. With any deviation from normal, the system automatically alerts the healthcare providers, who can then decide the next course of action.
Oxitone: Enhancing healthcare through innovation
CRPM is only effective with the right data analytics solution and digital infrastructure. Oxitone is the revolutionary solution provider that is leading the industry with its innovative AI-integrated systems for the healthcare sector.
From making the first FDA-cleared multi-parameter monitoring medical wearable device to developing the most comprehensive digital atmosphere for connecting healthcare providers with patients, Oxitone continues to facilitate the healthcare sector in enhancing the level of care at a fraction of the cost.
For post-acute care of COVID patients, all the aforementioned qualities make Oxitone the perfect healthcare partner. Relatively speaking, the virus is still new and there is much to understand. Healthcare researchers and doctors are continuously studying its long-term effects, and Oxitone’s CRPM system can prove to be an asset in this process.
Here at Oxitone, we boost value-based healthcare by delivering extraordinary patient, clinical, and economical outcomes at reduced medical utilization and cost. Patients need a prompt response to emergencies. Physicians need an easy and timely follow-up with patients. Our mission is to transform chronic disease management and help save lives worldwide.
Let’s save lives together! To see how we help remote patient monitoring companies and physicians improve the management and care of high-risk patients, contact us today!