#HIMSS15 Hot Topic: Remote Patient Monitoring and Big Data
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#HIMSS15 Hot Topic: Remote Patient Monitoring and Big Data

shutterstock_170846444I’m learning lots at HIMSS this week about remote patient monitoring. I’m very interested in the subject of harvesting data from patient monitoring devices and mashing it up with structured data about patients. I am awestruck when I consider the possibilities.

“Personal IT” and remote patient monitoring technologies (RPM) are set for incredible growth and uses that we probably can’t even imagine right now. A recent report by New York City-based ABI Research (RPM) predicts that nearly 100 million wearable devices will ship over the next five years.

“Data has traditionally resided in silos belonging to specific applications delivered primarily by device vendors themselves. New cloud platforms capable of collecting data from a range of vendor devices and sharing it securely with a range of related parties including patients, healthcare providers, and payers will drive adoption and bring more connected devices to market,” Jonathan Collins, principal analyst at ABI Research, said in a statement.

The popularity of FitBit and Jawbone have created a demand from patients to get the same functionality in medical devices. This has occurred, they say, in the continuous glucose monitoring market and in pulse oximeters, blood pressure cuffs, and ECG monitors*.

These advancements also significantly open the possibilities for using Big Data technology to combine with structured data for true advancements in population health. I’m attending more sessions about telehealth and hope to share more tomorrow.

Perficient is uniquely positioned to help clients build strategy and implement #mhealth and #populationhealth solutions. We are at #HIMSS15 this week in Chicago. Stop by to meet our dynamic team of life sciences and healthcare experts in booth #4460.

* http://www.healthcare-informatics.com/news-item/remote-patient-monitoring-market-set-growth

Follow Terie McClintock on Twitter at @teriemc and our Healthcare Industry Trends blog at @Perficient_HC for updates from #HIMSS15.

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