What is Remote Patient Monitoring?

Who can benefit from RPM?
With Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) anyone, including senior citizens, can collect daily vital signs — from blood pressure to weight to oxygen saturation — all from the convenience of their own home.
Such programs allow patients to utilize technology to transmit readings directly to their doctor. Instantly received via a wireless internet or Bluetooth connection, your health care team can observe and assess this your data on a monthly basis — without you leaving your home.
In the short-term, this additional attention can prevent emergency room visits or reduce routine appointments.
In the long-term, such consistent information will create a clearer picture of your overall physical health, allowing for more informed decisions or diagnoses.
An RPM program is also a very cost-efficient method to receive continuous, preventative health care, as Medicare Part B nearly covers it in full.

How Does Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) Work?

It’s as easy as asking to participate.
At Bridgeside Telehealth, we will ensure you receive a device that will help your health needs, such as a blood pressure monitor, or digital scale, or a blood glucose monitor. We will show you how to get your device up and running and from there, simply use the device on a daily basis or at an times determined by you and your provider.
The blood pressure monitor is a great example. Simply place your arm inside a blood pressure monitor, tighten and press the button.
What happens next is the device, already synchronizes automatically with Bridgeside’s computer system and updates your medical record with this latest reading. Once a month, your Bridgeside medial team will talk with you about your readings and together, you and your Health Care team will work with you to ensure your body is on the right track. We even get in touch with your entire medical team and send them your this vital information so that everyone is on the same page.

How Much Does Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) Cost?

Little, to practically nothing.
Medicare Part B will bear 80% of the cost associated with an RPM program. A secondary, supplemental insurance agreement will likely account for the difference.
In the event it does not, though, you shouldn’t expect to pay more than $15 to $20 per month.
That additional monthly expense may appear as a hindrance, but if the program lessens the need for in person doctor appointments, which saves you the time and expense of traveling and sitting in an office waiting for hours – or if the monthly review of your vital signs prevents a health emergency, participation will quickly pay for

The Device, Or Devices, Will Be At No Cost To You.

Instead, this price is handled by our medical team. We will send the device to your home, and then work with you on how to use it. Once you are up and running, we will call you to discuss how it’s going monthly
You have nothing to worry about.

Why Should I Participate?

It’s easy and kinda fun. Plus, you have the security in knowing your physical health will receive continued, regular focus by Bridgeside’s medical team— and the low to no-cost — it just makes sense.
Many people feel more motivated to stay on track with their diet and exercise program because they can see the daily readings and watch their health improve.
COVID-19 pandemic is not going away. This has taught us all the importance of the ability to access a Health Care Provider when you need them without leaving your home. An RPM program would provide a direct workaround to the problem of having to visit your doctor for routine observation in this event, and it would protect patients and medical staff by limiting their exposure to illnesses.
It will be increasingly practical to become familiar with programs like RPM, as this is the new normal; RPM will provide an opportunity for people to possess greater knowledge of their individual health metrics.
And, in collaboration with Bridgeside, better, more informed decisions will be made. Or, simply, quality of life will improve and sustain.

Concerned About My Digital Privacy?

Who Has Access to My Information?
It’s great you have such concern. It’s understandable. After a digital scale collects your weight, any sensible person would wonder where and to whom that information goes.
But devices provided for an RPM program, are in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Enacted in 1996, this federal law created a national standard to protect sensitive patient information from being disclosed. The Security Rule, a subsection in the law, safeguards any personal data of this type that is transmitted or kept electronically.
So, only you and your doctor know what the scale says.

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