What’s the difference between RPM and RTM?
Remote monitoring is the use of digital technologies to monitor and capture medical and other health data from patients.

Remote monitoring allows providers to continue tracking healthcare data for patients during treatment or once they’re discharged. It also encourages patients to take more control of their health by allowing them to access their information electronically.

Effective remote monitoring has been shown to improve outcomes and a “cost offset of 20% to 40% for primary care patients who receive behavioral health services (Source),” and a reduction in hospital readmissions and ER visits.

What is RPM?

RPM can be used with acute and/or chronic conditions to electronically monitor and capture physiologic medical data from patients. This captured data helps physicians and other qualified healthcare professionals (QHCPs) to provide care by understanding physiologic parameters such as weight, blood pressure, pulse oximetry, and respiratory flow rate. Examples conditions for RPM include:

+ Heart Disease
+ Diabetes

What is RTM?

RTM can be used with acute and/or chronic conditions to monitor and capture non-physiologic data related to various health conditions, including musculoskeletal system status, respiratory system status, therapy adherence, and therapy response. Additionally, RTM goes beyond monitoring by providing clinical, and therapeutic interventions. Examples include:

+ Anxiety
+ Depression

This information can be collected through self-reporting, manual entry into a device, or digital uploads by the patient. RTM has the potential to improve patient care by providing more detailed and accurate information about their condition.

Summary

RPM and RTM can create new practice revenue and help to improve patient outcomes by providing more timely and accurate information to therapists, physicians, and other QHCPs.

Clinical staff can also use RPM to manage care under the general supervision of the billing provider.

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