Remote patient monitoring (RPM) continues to change traditional healthcare service delivery. Digital healthcare provider Vivalink recently announced the results of its survey of RPM adoption in cardiac rehabilitation care. According to Vivalink, the Covid-19 pandemic spurred RPM adoption to the point that more than 70% of surveyed cardiac rehab clinicians reported using RPM at least half of the time.

Vivalink surveyed doctors, nurses, and physician associates who work in cardiac rehabilitation. Among the survey respondents, 48% reported using RPM in cardiac rehab half the time and 22% said they used RPM exclusively or almost all of the time. The clinicians used RPM with cardiac patients managing post-myocardial infarction, post percutaneous coronary intervention (stents), and heart failure.

The clinicians used a variety of technologies to monitor cardiac patients, including Holter monitors (42%), wearable ECG patches (40%), blood pressure monitors (45%), and ECG wrist monitors (42%). The clinicians enumerated the primary benefits of RPM as identifying previously undetected conditions (59%), real-time monitoring with high-risk patients (47%), and reducing the need for in-person patient visits (31%).

In addition to RPM use, the Vivalink survey turned up barriers to RPM use in cardiac care. The most frequent challenges for RPM adoption were insurance coverage (52%) and cost (40%).

Covid-19’s horrific onslaught continues in many parts of the world, but hopefully the growth in RPM adoption will continue long after the pandemic’s threat finally diminishes.