Remote patient management

How remote patient monitoring can increase patient engagement after surgery

Digitalization is no longer a “nice-to-have” – patients are demanding it. Discover 4 ways remote patient monitoring increases efficiency and satisfaction with patients.

Every year, over 10 million orthopedic surgeries are performed in Europe for patients with musculoskeletal disorders and injuries. There is high-quality evidence that shows postoperative exercise training and rehabilitation should be initiated as soon as possible after surgery and aim to regain functional mobility and overall health.

According to a 2022 study, less than 35% of patients adhere to their treatment programs despite the proven benefits of movement exercise rehabilitation after surgery. Increasing patient engagement will likely improve patient health outcomes, which also has positive knock-on effects for doctors, carers, and services supporting patients.

There is clearly a need to understand the potential motivators and barriers to patient engagement with a prescribed exercise program, and how do we increase patient engagement without increasing the strain on doctors and healthcare institutions?

Traditional patient management

Today’s traditional patient management practices include:

  • Regular on-site visitations.
  • Manually collecting patient data with paper questionnaires.
  • Manual care coordination processes with external partners.

The data gathered is usually quite subjective, such as pain scores and other estimations of movement, diet, and overall health. 

People need to feel comfortable and confident with their recovery plan after surgery. Studies have shown that patient education is critical and that setting appropriate patient expectations is a big factor in ensuring satisfaction after surgery.

When educating patients after surgery, this is either done by on-site visits, over-the-phone, or by sending paper letters. Not only would a digital solution be more efficient for the healthcare provider, but 80% of US patients prefer to use digital channels to communicate with healthcare providers and brands

Additionally, 66% would choose a healthcare provider based on their ability to communicate in a timely and consistent manner, and 60% say it is critical for providers to show how well they understand the individual beyond basic patient data. 

Therefore, thinking strategically about patient data, omnichannel communication and holistic, personalized patient engagement is important for the industry going forward.

How remote patient monitoring can optimize patient engagement and care

1. Understand which patients need more care and initiate action faster

Efficiency is key. Doctors and nurses have a finite number of hours to accomplish all of their responsibilities. Traditional patient management is unnecessarily time-consuming and provides no method for prioritizing patients’ conditions.

A digital and remote patient monitoring system means doctors can objectively see and track the real-time progress of their patients in just a few clicks. By using data taken automatically from the patient, such as movement data picked up from smartphone sensors, clinicians get greater visibility into patient recovery.

A “traffic light” system highlights the patients that are in a more severe condition and provides a way to easily select those to engage first. This will likely lead to more favorable patient outcomes as corrective and motivational actions can be taken faster.

2. Results become perceptible and health goals become more attainable

A big draw of wearables and sports trackers is that it gives people a baseline for their activity and helps set actionable goals. Without this type of data, doctors can only rely on subjective feelings. For example, if someone is only walking 6,000 steps a day, but feels that they are doing more, they will misrepresent their activity levels to their physician.

Suppose we’re able to demonstrate current crucial data points more concretely. In that case, we can motivate patients to become more actively involved in making the lifestyle changes required to meet their health goals. Gamification can also go a long way to helping people move more. This is a concrete way remote patient monitoring helps drive patient engagement and helps them become more goal-focused.

3. Decrease access barriers

For patients located in rural areas or elderly patients who struggle with transportation, getting to the doctor once a month can be a big challenge for some patients. Remote patient monitoring platforms can provide crucial help in meeting the patient where they are while still addressing their care needs and engaging them in the process.

This also leads to fewer on-site visits from patients, which means less time wasted on travel for patients. For doctors and healthcare professionals, they can spend more time on patient care duties and urgent needs that arise during the day.

4. Remote patient monitoring increases the frequency of communication between a patient and their healthcare team

Gone are the days when doctors really know their patients. Gone are the family GPs who know your health records without a chart or computer file. With 6.4 million physicians needed in 132 countries facing shortages, doctors have more patients and less time per patient, and the situation is worsening.

Yet, patients feel more engaged when they feel understood, know they are getting personalized care, and believe their care team genuinely cares about their success and progress.

Remote patient monitoring platforms offer opportunities to increase the frequency of communication between a patient and their healthcare team. This likely improves the overall perception of communication, and therefore leads to better patient outcomes and more efficient use of time for doctors and healthcare professionals.

Finally…

Doctors, clinicians, and health care providers can use remote patient monitoring to support and promote better health and do so in a manner that also increases patient engagement.

Automation and self-reporting mean healthcare providers can dedicate their time to the patient management strategies that matter most and spend less time on cumbersome data collection and admin tasks. Not to mention the fact that human errors are reduced.

Addressing the privacy and monitoring concerns of patients is critical in ensuring the adoption of digital tools. It’s crucial to check the technical security capabilities of remote patient monitoring platform providers when picking a new partner.

At Kunto Solutions, we’ve developed an app and cloud-based backend solution to give doctors and healthcare teams access to rich and objective data insights for better patient management and ongoing assessment over the course of care. Our remote patient monitoring platform automates the collection of objective and fact-based data from your patients’ smartphones – without the need for additional devices.

Kunto Solutions ensures that all data is secure and we are subject to European privacy laws, such as GDPR. Kunto Research is our data collection platform for clinical trials. Kunto Recovery is our medical device software under development, that will meet the required Quality Management System (ISO 13485) as well as the regulatory requirements set by EU medical device regulation (2017/745).

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