The use of Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) among seniors in the United States has been on the rise in recent years. RPM is a way for seniors to monitor their health from the comfort of their own home, using various devices and technologies. This is particularly beneficial for seniors who live in remote areas, have mobility issues, or have chronic conditions that require frequent monitoring. The adoption of RPM among seniors in the US can vary depending on the source and the definition of “senior,” but studies show that it is on the rise.
According to a 2020 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 12% of adults aged 65 or older reported using some form of remote monitoring technology to manage a health condition. A similar 2020 study by the National Council on Aging (NCOA) found that 17% of older adults use technology to track their health. These percentages are likely to increase in the future as technology continues to advance and more older adults become comfortable with using it. Additionally, many health care providers are increasingly using RPM in their practices to keep a close eye on their patients’ health, which will also drive the growth of RPM use among seniors.
Benefits of RPM in monitoring seniors’ health
One of the key benefits of RPM is that it allows seniors to have more frequent monitoring of their health conditions. This can help to identify any trends or patterns that may indicate the need for adjustments to treatment. For example, seniors with diabetes can use RPM to monitor their blood sugar levels and track their medication usage. Continuous glucose monitoring devices can also be worn to provide a continuous stream of glucose data, which can help identify patterns and trends in blood sugar levels that might be missed by traditional self-monitoring methods.
RPM can also be used to connect seniors with their healthcare providers for virtual consultations and check-ins. This can be especially useful for seniors who live in remote areas or have mobility issues. Wearable devices such as smartwatches or fitness trackers can also be used to monitor diabetes by tracking physical activity, sleep, and heart rate. Some wearable devices even have sensors that measure glucose levels.
In conclusion, RPM can be a useful tool for monitoring the health of seniors, although it should not be used as the sole method of monitoring. Seniors should continue to have regular in-person check-ups with their healthcare provider and seek medical attention if they experience any symptoms of their condition or other complications. Additionally, patients should be properly trained on how to use the devices and how to interpret the data collected.
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