Remote patient monitoring (RPM) is the use of digital technology to automatically send real-time medical and other health data from the patient to their healthcare providers (surgeon, nurse, physical therapist, etc.). RPM is used in various specialties of care: cardiac, primary care, orthopedics, physical therapy and rehabilitation, etc. Just as telehealth (virtual visits to your doctor’s office) has become vital during the COVID-19 pandemic, remote patient monitoring has also become an important and necessary part of orthopedic care for joint replacement patients.
WHAT IS REMOTE PATIENT MONITORING?
HOW RPM IS USED IN ORTHOPEDICS
If you are having a knee, hip or shoulder replacement, remote patient monitoring is an important part of your care from the pre-operative stages, all the way through your recovery experience.
What are PROs and PROMs?
Healthcare professionals use remote monitoring to collect patient-reported outcome measures (PRO’s and PROM’s). A PRO (Patient-Reported Outcome) “is an assessment of health status that comes directly from the patient without any interpretation by health care professionals. When patients tell their physicians how they feel or function or about their sense of well-being and their symptoms, they are providing PROs.”1 A PROM (Patient-Reported Outcome Measure) is a survey that surgeons use to translate this patient-reported information about how they feel into an objective, measurable data.
How are PROMs Used Before Surgery?
Before your surgery, your surgeon or his healthcare staff will ask you to complete a short PROM survey to establish a baseline assessment of your health status. This may include questions about your pain, physical function, stiffness, ability to perform daily tasks, emotional well-being, etc. You may be asked to complete a PROM survey at different points in your joint replacement journey as your healthcare team assesses your progress.
Other Collected Health Data
Using a RPM technology, your healthcare team may ask you to submit demographic information and other historical health data that are needed for your care. Using technology such as a mobile phone or tablet improves your healthcare team’s efficiency and accuracy in capturing this data, when compared to the potential errors and amount of time that are involved with transcribing paper forms into an electronic medical records system.
Real-time data collection
Depending on the instrumentation and technology that your surgeon uses for your joint replacement, technology may also be used to capture data in real-time during your surgery and communicate it to a data-collection system to ensure that all information, at every step of your care, is collected in one place and easily available to your surgeon for easy management of your joint replacement journey.
At various points in time after your surgery, your healthcare team will once again ask you to complete PROM surveys to continue monitoring your care. A RPM helps to conveniently submit this data from the comfort of your home.
Physical Therapy is also part of your recovery after surgery. The RPM technology can provide guidance through videos showing you the proper way to perform each of these exercises. It provides a convenient reference if you forget which exercises you need to do and how to perform them correctly.
In addition to PROMs, RPM also allows you to communicate other health information to your surgery team after joint replacement. You no longer have to wait for your next visit to your surgeon’s office to communicate your daily pain level, activity level and other vital information regarding your recovery progress. Through RPM, you can easily communicate these important aspects of your care to your surgeon using your mobile phone or tablet without leaving your home.
Although joint replacement surgeries are safe and common practices, all procedures come with certain risks – which your surgeon informs you about prior to your surgery. If any complications arise, RPM allows your surgeon to monitor your progress in real-time and make necessary interventions quickly, if necessary, to keep you on the right path to recovery.
WHAT REMOTE PATIENT MONITORING TECHNOLOGY
DOES ORTHOSENSOR OFFER?
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Our MotionSenseTM mobile application (for patients) works together with our OrthoLogIQ® cloud-based data collection and reporting platform (for surgeons) to help your healthcare team optimize your joint replacement journey.
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- 1 Liu JB, Pusic AL, Temple LK and Ko CY. “Patient-reported outcomes in surgery: Listening to patients improves quality of care.” Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons. March 1, 2017.