Bringing Connected Health Services Online Rapidly

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While nobody will argue the COVID-19 pandemic is a good thing, there is some good that has resulted.  One is the massive uptake of connected health technologies, like telehealth, which has seen massive uptake since March.

Once authorities relaxed regulations making it easier for healthcare providers to deliver care through telehealth, patients were able to receive care without having to venture out into the wild world of COVID-19.  As a result, many healthcare providers rapidly rolled out telehealth services to treat patients and create revenue streams when normal operations came to a standstill.

Remote patient monitoring, too, has helped doctors treat patients without having to rely on in-person visits.  RPM solutions leverage connected devices to report and monitor patient vital signs and other measurements at a distance, providing a detailed, continuous view of a patient’s physiological health, treatment adherence and lifestyle decisions – whatever the devices are designed to measure.

As with any technology – and especially when dealing with sensitive healthcare data – one of the challenges is how quickly can solutions be deployed securely.  With the world still struggling to get a handle on COVID-19, the need for connected health solutions continues to grow – especially now that so many patients have seen how well they can work.  RPM, for instance, allows physicians to monitor patient health data constantly, providing real-time information without requiring patients to leave their homes.  It’s really a win-win for everyone, as providers are also able to treat more patients and increase their revenues.

Validic has now released a new version of its Impact RPM solution, designed specifically to help providers get their RPM solutions up and running quickly.  Validic Impact: Rapid Deployment is a standalone, web-based application the providers can use to manage device-driven RPM programs.  The solution is designed to be purchased and launched quickly, and can scale easily to bring new patients into RPM programs.

“COVID-19 was a call to action for healthcare.  Our platform-first RPM approach enhances virtual visit offerings.  Right now, that means quickly replacing clinical data usually gathered during in-person visits, such as weight and blood pressure, with home health data.”

Drew Schiller, CEO, Validic

One of the keys to the rapid deployment model is that Validic’s solution is able to leverage devices patients already own and use.  The solution integrates with nearly 500 consumer and clinical health devices, which means activity trackers and other consumer devices can send data to physicians, but in addition to the bring your own healthcare device model, Validic also supports medical-grade devices for specific patient needs – or for patients who don’t already own the technology.

Validic’s RPM solutions support the growing popularity of virtual visits, providing alerts, visualization and analytics physicians need to engage and manage patients remotely.  Whether patients suffer from acute or chronic conditions (e.g., diabetes, hypertension, heart failure, etc.), or have contracted COVID-19, Validic’s solution gives providers the technology to support them from their homes.  This new edition does not require EHR integration, and can be implemented as a fully standalone RPM solution to help providers get their programs running quickly. 

  • Set up and launch rapidly – with no technology integration and minimal configuration requirements, providers can deploy comprehensive RPM programs rapidly.
  • Create protocol templates – standardize templates for the conditions you want to manage with default programmed alerts, consent language, etc.
  • Enroll patients quickly – invite a patient to a program within seconds – enabling them to consent and connect their device(s) from any browser.
  • Personalize and monitor – easily adjust and personalize goals and alerts for each patient; automate outreach to patients who are not submitting readings, trending in the wrong direction, or flag readings of concern for timely interventions.

One of the lessons many healthcare providers have learned from this pandemic is the healthcare industry can address many of the inconsistencies and inefficiencies in the system through technology.  It’s why so many support making many of the temporary regulatory changes permanent.  Arguably, COVID-19 is the kick in the ass the healthcare system has needed for years.

“Beyond improving the quality of care delivered through telehealth, RPM will continue to serve as a staple of virtual care and extend in-person care offerings.”

Drew Schiller