Patients with chronic conditions are often unable to receive the medical attention and consistent care they need to properly manage their conditions.
Unfortunately, this can lead to conditions worsening and hospitalisation

Considering that the average hospital stay in Canada costs $7,000 per patient, chronic care patients remain the greatest financial burden on the healthcare system.

It has been proven, however, that this burden can be mitigated by investing in connected technology.

Last year, Orion Health tackled this issue head-on working with the Québec Ministry of Health and Social Services on the launch of Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM). RPM allows for patients to receive personalized care directly in their homes, which, in turn, has made patients more engaged in their own healthcare and has kept them out of the hospital.

Patients Taking Control of their Health

The simple way in which our RPM solution is designed is what helps patients adopt and embrace the technology. Patients use the platform to register their daily health activities outlined in their care plan. This can include registering vitals, signs and symptoms and even receiving reminder notices to take prescribed medication. Automated feedback is provided to patients to promote better health behaviours with regards to the patient’s specific situation.

The patient’s health status is then captured and updated in the system, providing all information for clinicians to help with the clinical decision process. All of this can be done either through an electronic tablet provided by their healthcare provider, or by accessing a web patient portal on their home computer – healthcare assistance literally at the click of a button.

The combination of patient education, positive habit-forming activities and direct access to care providers introduces a new kind of care engagement; one in which the patient takes control of his or her own care.

In fact, nearly all patients involved in the Québec pilot program complied with their care plans, proving that once patients are empowered with the proper tools and knowledge, they are more willing to be actively involved in the care process. This is vital in achieving personalized health, as patients need to be engaged in their care in order for it to succeed.

Remote patient monitoring also gives care providers the ability to monitor vitals and compliance with treatment plans in real time. Having access to up-to-date patient information lets clinicians monitor and course-correct treatment plans seat the first sign of an issue, ensuring patients are effectively cared for before the problem escalates to needing hospitalization.

Transforming Healthcare Delivery

The Orion health RPM solution has already demonstrated a reduction in emergency department visits as well as hospital readmissions by about 80%, and has decreased the average length of stay in hospital by 70%. This shifts the burden away from hospitals and helps caregivers provide services more effectively. Orion Health’s RPM solution can dramatically reduce hospitalization and ER costs; savings that can feed other health priorities for Canada’s healthcare system.

As remote patient monitoring continues to evolve, other meaningful services will be offered such as post-operative care, mental healthcare, rehab services, and more, keeping healthcare costs in check while providing safe care for patients from the comfort of their homes.