RPM Programs Benefit Women's Health & Reduce Hospital Readmissions

Center for Connected Health Policy

April 27, 2021

Several remote patient monitoring (RPM) programs have found best practices and benefits related to utilization of this particular telehealth modality.

In recent months several remote patient monitoring (RPM) programs have found best practices and benefits related to utilization of this particular telehealth modality. Tracking this data has become even more important moving forward, as policymakers evaluate the future of telehealth policy and push for more study around the quality of care provided via telehealth. For instance, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has found that a unique remote patient monitoring (RPM) program launched in 2018 and tailored to women with hypertension is both feasible and effective. The program enrolls postpartum women at the time of hospital discharge and provides enrolled patients with a blood pressure monitoring cuff. Patients’ blood pressure data are collected and sent to UPMC providers and researchers for 6 weeks post-discharge. Early results show high compliance among women enrolled in the program and the ability for providers to identify the trajectory of hypertension and detect racial disparities between Black and White women. To learn more about the UPMC program, please visit this recent HealthcareITNews article or UPMC’s program website.

Recently, two other RPM programs tailored to specific patient groups have shown the ability to reduce hospital readmission rates. According to a recent article in mHealth Intelligence, Deaconess Health in Indiana created a program for chronic care patients and those with COVID-19 that estimates a savings of $6.5 million in total costs of care through the program’s ability to cut the hospital’s 30-day readmission rate in half from 14% to under 7%. Meanwhile, according to surveys, over 90% of patients are satisfied with the program and care they get to receive at home.

Baptist Health in Kentucky piloted a RPM program toward the end of 2019 for congestive heart failure (CHF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients, pivoting their strategy to monitor COVID-19 patients at home as well, once hospitals began struggling with surges due to the pandemic. Using an integrated RPM platform, Baptist Health enrolled 270 COVID-19 patients from March to November 2020 and achieved zero hospital readmissions post-discharge. More details on the program are provided in this article from HealthcareITNews.

Since the cost-effectiveness of telehealth remains a focus of policymakers as well, such studies show not only the potential benefits of telehealth for patient health outcomes, but health systems as a whole.

HealthcareITNews article: https://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/upmc-uses-rpm-study-postpartum-hypertension-among-black-and-white-women#:~:text=on%20Health%20Equity-,UPMC%20uses%20RPM%20to%20study%20postpartum%20hypertension%20among%20Black%20and,between%20women%20of%20both%20races.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC): https://www.upmc.com/media/news/091019-hauspurg-home-bp

mHealth Intelligence: https://mhealthintelligence.com/

Baptist Health article: https://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/remote-patient-monitoring-helps-baptist-health-achieve-zero-readmissions-covid-19-patients