The Doctor will “see” you now…With the new AR Remote Medical Presence, this phase has a new meaning. COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the way patients’ will interface with their healthcare providers forever.
Healthcare practitioners and patients alike now need to be able to deliver and receive care and services virtually.… Done—and–done with our Oculenz Patient/Medical Doctor (PMD) headsets.
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The PMD Remote Medical Presence headset features:
- Real-time video chat with your Healthcare Professional
- WiFi VOIP or cellular voice connection
- In excess of 4K resolution for both the Professional and Patient
- Healthcare Professional can view virtual readout of vitals while watching Patient
- Patient’s other healthcare records viewable on the Physician’s headset
- Real-time access to Patient Vitals, including:
- Heart Rate;
- Respiratory Rate and Respiratory Effort;
- Blood Pressure;
- Pulse Oximeter;
- Visual Field Tests;
- Collect functional outcomes measurements in addition to visual acuities such as contrast sensitivity, visual field, reading speed; and
- Other real-time testing.
Collect patient data is sent or hosted on HIPAA-compliant
Oculenz PMD offers clinical portal users a
Sensors in the Oculenz PMD provide patient vitals. Bluetooth-connected device tools
Secured messaging without providers having to provide personal cell numbers to clients. Smart Alerts as to patient vitals automatically ping the physician.
Remote Medical Presence
Generally speaking, the terms “remote medical presence” (RMP) or “remote patient monitoring,” (RPM), refers to the use of digital technologies to collect health data from an individual in one location and electronically transmit that information securely to a healthcare provider in a different location for assessment and recommendation.
AR/RMP means remote patient monitoring with an AR headset on each end. The AR format provides a convenient more cost-effective system to allow the healthcare provider to monitor a multitude of patients efficiently between visits. Healthcare providers have better control of a patient’s acute or chronic conditions.
Remote patient monitoring, home care, and telehealth have been gaining traction as a Healthcare offering due, in part, to the needs of an aging population, which increasingly views these kinds of options as a means of avoiding age-related in office hardships, such as transportation, stairs, parking issues; and the physical rigor of receiving regular check-ups.
From the Physician’s standpoint, all the patient’s vital signs show up in a virtual readout on the side of the lens, which the provider can see and review to diagnose from; all while communicating and watching in real-time the patient virtually in the headset.
Healthcare Provider Reimbursement
Until recently, reimbursement for remote patient monitoring services was something of a gray area for providers. However, last November, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued its final 2019 Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program, which opened the door to reimbursement for services that enable providers to manage and coordinate care at home or remotely.
Now, CPT code 99453 sets parameters for measuring weight, blood pressure, pulse oximetry, and respiratory flow rate, as well as guidelines on patient education surrounding setting up and using such equipment. CPT code 99454 is similar but focuses on the devices themselves daily recordings and programmed alerts.
For providers, the new CPT code 99457 is the most meaningful, permitting either a physician or assistant under general supervision (not direct supervision) to provide remote reimbursable medical care. Thus, physicians, qualified health professionals or clinical staff, including nurses and nurse practitioners, are all covered if permitted by state low.
As RMP is used more widely, its benefit in the fact of the COVID-19 Pandemic is instantly recognizable – Healthcare providers are not directly exposed to the virus while providing remote patient care to those in need. More benefits will emerge with this nascent technology being widely implemented, but the primary benefits for the patent now include:
- Better Patient engagement;
- Better Patient accountability;
- Easier access to healthcare;
- Healthcare in a comfortable environment;
- Social Distancing compliant;
- Improved quality of care;
- Peace of mind and assurance
- Improved support, patient education, and feedback
Even in the U.S., it is becoming increasingly difficult for those in need of healthcare to access their preferred physicians. Doctor’s office trips also involve parking costs, often negotiating large building complexes and time spend waiting in medical offices. Remote Medical Presence helps reduces the costs and effort of travel to a healthcare provider’s office and brings immediacy to the patient and diagnosis right from their own homes.
In addition to better access to care, patients also enjoy an improved quality of care, due to the RMP monitoring and AR advances. Not only can they connect instantly and directly with their physicians, but also enjoy fewer wait times, or getting stuck in traffic or the emergency room.