How Does Deviceless Remote Patient Monitoring Work?

In 2023, doctors and healthcare providers are increasingly integrating remote patient monitoring into their care plans. And why wouldn’t they? The benefits for patients and providers are virtually endless.

Traditionally, remote patient monitoring has required the use of specially designed devices — like glucose monitors, heart monitors, and breathing apparatuses — to measure trends in patients’ health. But today, healthcare providers are pioneering a new path: deviceless remote patient monitoring.

With deviceless remote patient monitoring, patients are able to use technology they already have and use every day, such as smartphones and tablets, to record their biometrics and transmit them to their healthcare providers. Deviceless remote patient monitoring does not require the patient to use any specialized, wearable medical device to measure their vital signs.

This is all possible with one simple piece of technology that 85% of U.S. citizens own and use every day: a smartphone or tablet with a camera. Patients are able to record a short video of their own face and receive readings about their body and health in real-time. For example, cardiac patients can see their heart rate and heart rate variability, blood pressure, and oxygen saturation, to name a few, without wearing a heart monitor.

The video is fed into a powerful, AI-driven analysis process that identifies a range of colors present in the patient’s skin. An individual’s skin color varies due to several factors, from placement on the body, to temperature, to blood volume and consistency. Movement detected on the skin — such as movement caused by blood pumping through a vein — can allow the analysis system to measure a patient’s pulse or breathing rate.

These measurements can then be transmitted automatically from the HealthyLyf app to our correlating RPM portal. If any biometric measurements are out of a healthy range, the system can alert staff so they can communicate with the patient in a timely manner.

Deviceless remote patient monitoring saves time and money for everyone involved. Providers don’t have to pay for health monitoring devices up front. Patients and their insurance providers don’t have to pay for use of their providers’ medical devices. Less time spent in on-site follow-up appointments means less time and fuel required of both parties and their support teams. Furthermore, the average reimbursement for a 20-minute telehealth interaction utilizing deviceless remote patient monitoring is $120, further reducing costs and increasing revenue for providers.

The ability to record accurate measurements with minimal equipment and movement can also benefit patients struggling with physical disabilities, making deviceless remote patient monitoring accessible to a broad range of users. Those with limited movement, the inability to travel, or limited resources to purchase wearable devices can all benefit from deviceless remote patient monitoring. Patients who are traveling or who live far from their provider’s office can easily send their measurements to practice staff for consistent evaluation and care. With remote patient monitoring, patients can experience more autonomy and enhanced freedom without worrying about the consistent use of wearables or time-consuming equipment.

Deviceless remote patient monitoring empowers patients by putting tools directly at their fingertips. By taking regular measurements themselves, they can see the results in real time and learn how to react to changes and trends without intervention from medical staff.

Benchmark Systems’ Deviceless Remote Patient Monitoring can seamlessly integrate remote patient care into every facet of your practice. Patient measurements can be fed directly to their provider’s office through use of the interoperable RPM portal, which can be connected to any disparate software systems to accurately update patient records.

Technological integrations save medical practice staff precious time, so they can focus on patient interactions, engagement, and outcomes.