Remote Monitoring Technology in Long-Term Care

Team: Joanne Spetz (UCSF)


Remote monitoring technologies are increasingly being deployed to enable health professionals to monitor patients more closely and intervene more quickly when patients’ health deteriorates. Remote monitoring and structured telephone support have been found to improve health outcomes for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia. The most common model is for registered nurses (RNs) or other health professionals to review reported data and contact patients if it appears that the patient’s treatment plan needs to be adjusted.


Key Questions

  • What models of remote monitoring are being implemented in the United States?
  • How are different types of health professionals involved in remote monitoring?
  • How do health professionals who provide remote monitoring interact with health care workers who provide care in patients’ homes?
  • Is remote monitoring being substituted for home visits by RNs, and to what extent do personal care aides collaborate with clinicians to ensure that critical findings from remote monitoring are communicated and acted upon?

For questions, contact: Joanne Spetz, PhD, FAAN, Director, UCSF Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term Care,