The number of Americans remotely monitored at home is expected to grow six-fold by 2017 according to InMedica, a division of IMS Research.
In 2012, clinicians reviewed long-distance vital signs on computer screens for some 227,000 patients with congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, hypertension, and mental illness. By 2017, that number will jump to almost 1.3 million.
Report coauthor Shane Walker, associate director for digital health at InMedica, said the increase will be fueled by delivery reform and penalties in the Affordable Care Act.
“It’s all about moving toward preventive care and reducing avoidable hospital readmissions,” Walker told Medscape Medical News.