Remote Health Management 101

Remote health management (RHM) platforms are used by healthcare providers to manage patient care remotely - typically at the patient’s home.

March 8, 2022

Remote health management (RHM) platforms, also known as remote patient monitoring (RPM) platforms, are used by healthcare providers to manage patient care remotely - typically at the patient’s home. Providers use RHM to manage a variety of medical conditions including long-term chronic care, short-term monitoring, acute care discharge, and transitional care. RHM performs effectively in different situations when the provider or organization is prepared clinically, logistically, and administratively. 


RHM Platform Deployment

Deploy an RHM Platform in the following clinical settings:

1. Long-term health management of chronically ill patients

A provider can use an RHM platform to manage a variety of chronic illnesses including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), congestive heart failure (CHF), hypertension, diabetes, or atrial fibrillation, and a significant percentage with two or more chronic diseases. Providers using RHM for chronic care management use RHM platforms can replace a manual or semi-automated triage call center, which improves the convenience and efficiency of care. The clinical goal of chronic care management is stabilizing patient health by monitoring biometric parameters and social determinants of health (SDoH), which helps avoid unnecessary provider visits, ER visits, and hospital admissions. 


2. ER diversion for at-home monitoring

An RHM program may help hospitals avoid ER visits and hospital admissions for testing or observation by releasing patients to monitor at home. For example, during the pandemic, hospitals were able to test, release, and monitor patients with COVID symptoms at home. 

3. Acute rapid discharge or long-term post-acute monitoring 

An RHM platform helps with the rapid discharge of patients into a hospital at-home program where they are monitored within a specific timeframe. Hospitals can then treat and discharge more patients and easily support at-home rehabilitation, which improves hospital capacity. 

REMEMBER: RPM programs performs effectively in different situations when the provider or organization is prepared clinically, logistically, and administratively. 

For an in-depth guide on setting up an effective RHM program, access Harmonize Health’s complimentary Remote Health Management Guide.