The Role of RPM in Reducing Hospital Readmissions

Medically Reviewed By: Dr Gideon Kwok

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This is how Hemingway would say it. The old; the old fall sick. A lot. They have to be taken. To the hospital. A lot. And the young, they have to wait. For all the old, sick people to get better. Or die. And that made the old man sad. And the oldman decided to do something. For all the other old people. At the hospital. And that “old man” is our good friend  Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM), which has emerged as a key player in this endeavor. The healthcare industry is continually seeking innovative solutions to improve patient outcomes and reduce hospital readmissions, especially among seniors and those with chronic conditions. RPM monitoring solutions for seniors includes specialized services for conditions like dementia, and advanced technologies such as prickless glucose monitoring and AI for fall detection; by leveraging these innovations, RPM is making significant contributions towards enhancing patient care and reducing the frequency of hospital readmissions.


Understanding the Impact of RPM

At its most philosophical level, RPM enables remote monitoring of patients by their healthcare providers. Of course that is not possible without leveraging  various technological tools. The elderly, who often suffer from debilitating chronic conditions that can necessitate constant monitoring, stand to benefit the most from monitoring via RPM. RPM technologies can include devices for monitoring vital signs, prickless glucose monitoring systems for diabetes management, and AI-enhanced fall detection services that  share real-time data with healthcare providers and thus enable timely interventions, potentially preventing complications that could lead to hospital readmissions.


RPM Monitoring Solutions for Seniors

Seniors are one of the largest groups of people benefiting from RPM technologies. Devices tailored to their needs can monitor heart rate, blood pressure, and other vital signs and, by making them or their caregivers more aware and involved, offer peace of mind to them and reduce the frequency of their in-person hospital visits.


RPM for Dementia

Patients with dementia are one of the most “at risk” sub-groups among the elderly; they are much more likely to forget their address, or simply lose their way, or be involved in accidents. This sub-group can particularly benefit from RPM. Solutions can include wearable devices to monitor location, collect physiological data and even behavioral patterns, which helps caregivers manage the unique challenges posed by dementia. Early detection of unusual patterns can prompt quick responses, potentially averting health crises.


Prickless Glucose Monitoring

Seniors living with diabetes suffer an added inconvenience when they have to get their glucose levels checked regularly, requiring them to be pricked with a needle. I’ve seen them bear the burden stoically, but their eyes beg you quietly for a more merciful way of doing it. For them, prickless glucose monitoring is a game-changer. This form of RPM allows for continuous monitoring of blood sugar levels without the need for frequent, painful pricks. Armed with better information, the patient and the healthcare professional can both make better decisions for the management of diabetes, and can significantly reduce hospital visits and readmissions.


AI for Fall Detection

Falls are a leading cause of hospital admissions among the elderly, especially as the winter weather kicks in, bringing slippery conditions. RPM solutions equipped with AI for fall detection can immediately alert caregivers and healthcare providers in the event of a fall, ensuring rapid response and reducing the severity of fall-related injuries.


Best GPS Tracking for Elderly

We have already raised the subject of seniors with conditions like Alzheimer’s or dementia that make them inclined towards a tendency to wander. RPM includes GPS tracking solutions that are particularly beneficial for such patients. This technology helps in quickly locating a patient who may be lost, ensuring their safety and avoiding potential health emergencies that could lead to hospitalization.


Fall Detection Services for Seniors

Comprehensive fall detection services are crucial to protect the elderly, who are in most cases way past their physical prime and can suffer from poor balance that is sketchy even under normal weather conditions and can get severely compromised very quickly in windy or rainy conditions. RPM systems not only detect falls but also analyze the potential severity of the fall, which can provide crucial insights for first responders and offer information for healthcare providers in preventing further complications.


Reducing Hospital Readmissions

The integration of these RPM technologies into healthcare systems contributes directly to discernible reductions in hospital readmissions. By continuously monitoring the health status of patients, healthcare providers can identify and address issues before they become severe enough to require hospitalization. For the elderly, this means better management of their health conditions in the comfort of their homes, lessening the physical and emotional strain of hospital stays.


Proactive Health Management

RPM empowers patients and caregivers to manage health proactively. With real-time data and alerts, patients can make informed decisions about their health, and caregivers can provide immediate support when needed.


Cost-Effective Care

RPM is also a cost-effective solution. By reducing the need for hospital readmissions, it saves significant healthcare costs associated with hospital stays and emergency interventions.



It is now beyond debate that  RPM  plays a critical role in reducing hospital readmissions, especially in senior care. With technologies like RPM for dementia, prickless glucose monitoring, AI for fall detection, GPS tracking, and comprehensive fall detection services, RPM is not just a tool for monitoring – it’s a comprehensive solution for proactive, preventive healthcare. As technology continues to advance, RPM’s role in healthcare is set to become even more pivotal, offering a safer, healthier future for seniors and patients with chronic conditions.

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