Case Study of Remote Patient Monitoring Solution Development

Overview

Imagine your patient cozily reading a book in a rocking chair while a wearable device reports his heart rate and blood glucose level to the care team. This is possible thanks to the remote patient monitoring system development.

Medicare has changed a lot over the years. The advancement of technology engendered another approach in the treatment of patients – Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM). It became even more widely used during the COVID-19 pandemic. This technology allows people to securely share their health data from the comfort of their homes. Doctors, in turn, have a deeper understanding of an illness a patient is suffering. 

The project of our customer is one of the Remote Patient Monitoring tools that revolutionize patient care. This is a case of remote patient monitoring solution development based on the existing platform. Discover how to develop a remote monitoring system and how the platform was designed and implemented in our case study.

The Story Behind the Project

The client used a third-party patient monitoring service before turning to Empeek with a request to develop a remote patient monitoring solution that would meet his business demands. The solution he chose had limited functionality and was not economically viable. Its revenue model involved a subscription fee and the price for each patient enrolled in the system. Expenditures for wearable devices were also the client’s responsibility and, despite being pricey, the software didn’t cover all his needs.

Therefore, he decided to build a custom solution for IoT remote monitoring that would allow the care team to obtain all the necessary metrics and make people comfortable with health data measurement. After finishing chores around the house or just having a nap, the patient can track his heart rate and blood sugar level with a wearable device, and it sends the obtained data to the healthcare manager. He, in turn, ensures that the metrics are within expected ranges. If any abnormalities are detected, the caring manager can notify the physician and even send an ambulance to the patient.

Wonder how to build a custom health monitoring system? Keep reading to find out.

Since the project required expertise in remote patient monitoring, the customer outsourced it to Empeek. Dealing with the healthcare industry for many years, we have good expertise in how to develop remote patient monitoring software. Our team ensured the timely launch and guaranteed the customer the ability to run his business right away.

Project Requirements

The customer hired Empeek to develop the remote patient monitoring system that uses cellular and wi-fi technology to collect patients’ health data. Our task was to come up with a solution to develop a remote patient monitoring software that would read health data from the wearable device and securely store it in the system. The platform had to support such wearables as blood pressure device, scales, and blood glucose monitoring tool.

Healthcare managers, as authorized users, can log time spent for each patient directly in the system and generate three types of reports based on patients’ data: 

  • Reading Logs with each reading value for the selected period; 
  • Patient Summary with statistics and charts for the period chosen; 
  • Billing Report with data summary regarding provided services within the selected period.

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Benefits of Our IoT Health Monitoring System Solution

Although there are various analogs of RPM devices on the market, this solution is pretty practical. Being small, quick, and convenient, the device collects multiple health data and securely transmits it to the RPM platform.

Here are the main benefits of the solution we delivered that makes it so unique:

  • Healthcare Managers сan make faster patient care management decisions helping to reduce Emergency Room visits and hospital readmissions;
  • The measurement device is compact and doesn’t require in-hospital observation. This allows patients to feel that they are being cared for without the need to leave home;
  • Adult children can monitor the health condition of their senior parents in a quick and modern way;
  • Each particular patient has an individual range of normal measurements. If the health data exceed expected ranges, a highly customizable system sends alerts to the healthcare manager;
  • Healthcare managers can track time spent for each customer directly in the system;
  • The healthcare manager can also put a note near the patient and remind him to take a pill or notify a doctor of his state of health. 
  • The system allows generating reports based on patients’ data, which can be sent to insurance companies later on.
  • The system also offers various graphs and reports to make health data easier for comprehension.

The Development of Remote Patient Monitoring System

The development of a Remote Patient Monitoring system consists of several stages. We began with the discovery phase. Our team of project managers and business analysts gathered all the requirements and guided the customer through the prioritization of features and the development plan. Judging from our team’s experience, they advised the customer how to make the project development more cost-efficient.

The next step was to choose which technology to use for the development. Our tech experts analyzed project specifications and discussed the pros and cons of each one. It even looked like a little competition. Finally, React.js, .NET, AWS, and MSSQL were chosen as the most suitable technologies.

The development phase started. As the project was actively being developed, the team needed the client’s support on the business side of things. We followed Scrum methodology and conducted regular calls with the client to present him with demo versions. These presentations were a real pleasure, as both parts were on the same line. 

The Workflow Solution of IoT Remote Monitoring Devices

IoT healthcare software requires perfect synchronization with the hardware. As soon as the patient is enrolled in the system, he is sent a portable device. Depending on his health condition, it can be a blood pressure measurement device, scales, or blood glucose monitoring tool.

The interface of the blood pressure measurement device is very easy to navigate. It has only one button and is super-senior-people friendly. Right after the button is pressed, the device starts the measurement. This process is quick and lasts no more than two minutes.

When data collection is finished, it is immediately sent to the RPM platform. The healthcare manager monitors patients’ daily metrics and can take measures in case of any abnormalities.

The software also comes in handy for adult children who care for their parents and want to stay abreast of their state of health.

The Development of Remote Patient Monitoring Devices

The development of a remote patient monitoring system in our case required thorough requirements analysis, the very development process, and physical wearable devices. The system is applicable to three types of devices: a heart rate measurement tool, scales, and a glucose meter. Our customer supplied us with all the hardware so as we could conduct thorough testing. All the system development, deployment, and release stages were Empeek’s responsibility.

Here you can find more information on how to develop a remote patient monitoring system for connected medical devices examples.

Get in Touch

When there’s a need to develop a progressive IoT solution, make sure you consult a professional. The Empeek team has outstanding expertise in remote patient monitoring and embedded software development, so we know how to build a health monitoring system.

We dealt with features such as file encryption, secure data sharing, security challenges of IoT in healthcare, cloud integration, and financial data analysis, among many others. As a tech company with a strong focus on healthcare, we know how to develop a custom remote patient monitoring solution and create user-friendly software that meets the client’s business needs.

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FAQs

It is a possibility to monitor and capture patients’ health data with the help of digital technology and transfer this data to healthcare providers.

IoT devices are connected to the cloud server. The health data coming from the IoT device is transmitted to the cloud server and is shown on the doctor’s device later on.

IoT technology is not new, but it’s becoming more widely used. It is a fast, secure, and comfortable way to transfer health data to the doctor in real-time and improve healthcare services. 

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