Approximately 42 percent of the adult populace in the United States grapples with obesity. Over the past two decades, the situation has swiftly deteriorated, with obesity rates reaching 31 percent.
If not addressed or managed, obesity has the potential to lead to severe health complications like heart failure or diabetes. The primary factor contributing to the concerning surge in overweight or obese American adults is dietary patterns coupled with insufficient physical activity.
Healthcare providers and patients can make use of the remote healthcare monitoring system to foster an improved patient and provider relationship. Through continuous patient monitoring, which is communicated to the provider, it becomes possible to stay updated on the patient’s health status in the interim between doctor visits. Certain advanced systems for remote patient monitoring are highly effective in managing obesity. Now, let’s explore some of the ways RPM aids in the treatment of obesity.
Employing a Remote Patient Monitoring program to monitor a patient’s well-being consistently can significantly contribute to halting weight gain progression and mitigating life-threatening medical complications while facilitating the patient’s weight loss.
RPM and obesity management ensure that both patients and practitioners stay well-informed, enabling them to gain valuable insights into weight fluctuations. Consequently, this empowers practitioners to devise personalized weight management plans.
A remote patient monitoring weight scale stands as a distinct kind of scale that permits healthcare experts to remotely monitor their patients’ weight, BMI, and other body metrics.
An RPM weight scale resembles a regular weight scale, but it can wirelessly transmit data to a computer or mobile device. This data transmission functionality empowers healthcare professionals to monitor their patient’s progress over time and implement any necessary adjustments to their treatment plans.
Healthcare providers have the ability to access the patient’s data from any location and utilize it to make informed decisions regarding the patient’s treatment. Additionally, the weight monitoring program can issue alerts to healthcare providers in case any changes occur in the patient’s condition.
In a study conducted in 2013, researchers assessed the impact of remote patient monitoring on weight loss and compared it to the effects of conventional outpatient treatments for obese patients. The researchers effectively utilized a telehealthcare service to assist patients struggling with obesity in achieving significant weight loss.
The study’s intervention group utilized a health application on their smartphone, which transmitted measured data through the mobile app to a central server. Additionally, they visited an on-site center every three months for researchers to assess their body composition. The remote patient monitoring group also received a body composition analyzer and a pedometer.
Meanwhile, the control group received a scale and pedometer. Similar to the intervention group, they recorded their weight and the number of steps measured by the pedometer in a diary. The control group also visited the on-site center every three months for body composition measurements.
Thus, the intervention group had access to a smartphone, body composition analyzer, scale, and pedometer. They also received monitoring from a care manager, which included tracking their remote body weight and activity, unlike the control group that solely relied on a diary. The study spanned 24 weeks, during which both groups visited the hospital at week 12 and week 24 for safety evaluations.
The Applications of Remote Patient Monitoring Weight Scale include:
RPM weight scales serve as a valuable tool applicable in various settings. They prove efficient and accurate in tracking patients’ health progress, whether in hospitals, nursing homes, or individual homes.
360HealtHTek RPM weight scale is purposefully designed for healthcare professionals, offering real-time measurement and tracking of weight, BMI, and other crucial vital signs not typically found in regular RPM weight scales.
The 360HealthTek Weight Scale ensures the same precision and accuracy as a standard weighing scale, but with the added innovation and convenience of measuring multiple body parameters. It securely transmits and continuously tracks patient data in real-time, accessible from any location.
360HealthTek’s Remote Patient Monitoring program features a highly secure cloud-based connection, enabling healthcare professionals to promptly view patient data in real-time, leading to timely and precise diagnosis and treatment.
"This story illustrates the power of remote patient monitoring. Our doctors can’t monitor us all the time, and the limited snapshot they get from office visits often doesn’t paint the whole picture."
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