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Remote patient monitoring: the future of healthcare?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharp focus the need to harness and leverage digital tools and technology for remote patient monitoring (RPM).

With the onset of lockdown, and a sense of unease when visiting conventional clinical settings, we’ve seen a need for more robust disease detection and monitoring of individual and population health, which could be aided by wearable sensors and at-home devices.

Whilst RPM is not a new concept, the pandemic has seen a dramatic rise in the accessibility to remote monitoring, with the market for at-home devices expected to double in size over the next 5 years.

The pandemic has led to huge spikes in digital technology adoption as doctors and patients have complied with social distancing guidelines. In fact, according to the Royal College of General Practitioners, 71% of routine consultations were remote in the four weeks leading up to April 12 2020, compared to the 25% in the same period in 2019. This is a tremendous shift.

COVID-19 has sharpened our minds.

We all understand the need for social distancing, to manage infection rates and ensure healthcare systems are not overwhelmed. Having the technological capability to offer remote consultations, where appropriate, is definitely offering a tangible benefit.

However, […]

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