Remote care in the home relies both on the quality of patient monitoring and on the insights provided to the care team. There is a real danger that data overload and alert fatigue will undermine otherwise well-designed remote patient monitoring (RPM) and Hospital at Home programs. The software platform and algorithms tasked with integrating and evaluating data must identify the data that matters, when it matters.
You’d think there’s not much to the concept of an alarm. A warning sounds in a room, or a red light flashes, and it has your attention. You know something must be wrong. But in a setting where a cacophony of alarming lights and sounds beset healthcare workers on a regular basis, these essential systems become increasingly easy to miss or ignore.