Clinical Impacts of Utilizing Cardiac Rhythm's Remote Patient Monitoring Services

Posted on September 9, 2022

Cardiac Rhythm is a world leader in remote cardiac monitoring services. Having unveiled groundbreaking portable heart monitoring technology, we accompany the innovativeness of modern engineering with a support team of experienced clinical technicians to provide a helping hand whenever needed. In the end, our remote patient monitoring services (RPM) result in the improvement of clinical outcomes, providing holistic benefits for both physicians and their patients. Today, we deep dive into just how our technology makes this possible as we analyze our RPM services’ clinical impacts. Take a look.

1. Reduction in arrhythmia hospitalizations

Atrial arrhythmia, better known as Atrial fibrillation or Afib, is one of the most common and dangerous forms of arrhythmias on the planet. It is solely responsible for 454,000 hospitalizations in North America, with studies also linking it to over 33% of all heart failure hospitalizations.

In the US alone, more than 5,000,000 adults live with Afib, which goes to show just how commonplaced the arrhythmia is. Over the long term, Afib can gradually cause damage to heart muscles and cause blood clots as well, which increases a patient’s likelihood of stroke, which might send them to a hospital bed.

Fortunately, with remote cardiac monitoring services such as those that we provide here at Cardiac Rhythm, the situation begins to shift in our favor. Studies indicate that, with a remote cardiac monitoring solution, the risk of patient admission goes down. Particularly, there’s a 65% decrease risk of hospitalization from Afib, and this means patients can spend more time on their feet, enjoying life as they know it without being bogged down by anxiety or depression. And this is a win-win situation for every party involved in the following ways:

    1. Healthcare facilities battling shortages get a reprieve
    2. Patients incur fewer healthcare expenses
    3. Hospitals can free up bed space and other resources for acute cases

If a patient does get admitted, statistics further prove that length of stay reduces by up to 17% with remote cardiac monitoring services.

2. Decreased risk of mortality for patients

As things stand, arrhythmias cause 2,50,000 annual fatalities. That’s already a frightening statistic as it is, but the situation gets even more devastating if we expand the horizon to include deaths resulting from stroke, cardiac arrest, and other cardiovascular side effects of arrhythmias. In the latter case, the rate of mortality catapults to 2,200 Americans daily, as per research by the Nations Health, which translates to a mind-boggling 803,000 annual deaths in the US alone.

That being said, remote patient monitoring devices such as cardiac monitors are quite literally lifesavers. Some studies indicate that patients who rely on such technology tend to live longer and more fulfilling lives. In essence, the research findings prove that RPM patients have a 200% greater survival probability.

Part of the reason for this decreased risk of mortality is the ability of remote cardiac monitoring technology to pick up on asymptomatic arrythmias, such as silent Afib, which patients can live with unknowingly until it’s too little, too late.

3. Increased accuracy of arrhythmia diagnosis

Did you know negligence is linked to 30% of all clinical decision errors with the majority of the remainder stemming from system failure and human error? That’s right, and it gets even worse with hospitals having to fork out $17 billion annually to foot the repercussions of these events.

Cardiac Rhythm’s remote patient monitoring service can help reduce this margin of error, at least as far as ECG data collection is concerned. By taking out human error from the collection of ECG data, the result is higher accuracy. In fact, compared to 24–48-hour holter monitoring services that provide a diagnostic yield of just 15%, Cardiac Rhythm more than quadruples that with a diagnostic yield of 63%. This is further reinforced by our care management platform that provides:

    1. Arrhythmia interpretation hints
    2. Asymptomatic arrhythmia detection support
    3. Wireless heart vital data transmission that doesn’t require human intervention

4. Faster turnaround for adverse events

Adverse events (AE) are quite common in post-operation and generally post-treatment arrhythmia cases. Patients may experience symptoms that range from mildly uncomfortable to severely life-threatening or dangerous side effects that might send them to an ER if not caught in time.

WHO estimates that 42.7 million patients experience adverse events around the world during hospitalization. Moreover, in the US, further reports also indicate that 250,000 Americans experience AE annually.

However, the key to improving the detection of adverse events (AE) early lies in remote patient monitoring. More studies show that the intervention of RPM can expedite clinical event detection by 80%, thus improving the speed of corrective action to lower:

    1. Risk of patient non-compliance due to side effects
    2. Risk of a major cardiac event such as heart failure
    3. Ultimately, the risk of mortality or death

5. Early detection and prevention of cardiac disease

Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are becoming a runaway train around the world, with AHA reports showing a particularly high prevalence in North America, where 82.6 million Americans have at least one type of CVD.

To keep things in check, remote patient monitoring, especially remote cardiac monitoring, is necessary. With the technology, physicians can pick out emerging pathologies including atrial flutter, and Afib, and also get wind of abnormalities such as bradycardia, palpitations, and more which may signal the onset of cardiac disease. Ultimately, this can guide further medication, therapy recommendations, and patient screening.

Additionally, remote cardiac monitoring services can give physicians insight into patient behavior, which may also be elevating their risk of cardiac disease. With remote patient monitoring solutions at large, doctors can keep tabs on cholesterol, blood pressure, and even the level of physical activeness, which can inform lifestyle adjustments for the patient.

Try Cardiac Rhythm’s renowned RPM services today!

Do you have patients with a history of heart conditions? Are you dealing with cases of sporadic heart pains that vanish, never to appear again during your appointments with patients? Do you have patients at elevated cardiovascular disorder risk? Then you need remote patient monitoring services by your side, particularly remote cardiac monitoring services, to help you get to the bottom of things. Trust Cardiac Rhythm for solutions that help plug shortages in your workflow, improve clinical event detection, and reduce the risk of mortality or hospitalization for your patients. Get in touch with us today to get remote cardiac monitoring for your care facility.

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