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Patient Innovation Pt 1: What Is RPM?

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Jessica Shaw

This year has truly changed the face of healthcare, both for the better and worse. With the pandemic, medical professionals have had to juggle an influx of new safety procedures as well as overcome the restrictions and liabilities of continuously providing services during a time when fear and panic are heavily influencing patient behavior in terms of electronic payment trends, increased scheduling flexibility and progressive preferences for alternative methods of care. These evolving segments of healthcare are leading to a surge of virtual innovations for both clinical management and patient engagement, including the overwhelming growth of remote patient monitoring (RPM) within certain medical specialties such as behavioral health, pulmonology, chronic pain management and more. 

As Raintree is an all-in-one platform with technology enabled solutions that help make healthcare efficient, accessible and affordable for everyone, COVID-19 has presented opportunities for us and the entire healthcare industry to re-envision how we all leverage software to not only deliver services but most importantly foster relationships. This 4 part educational series is meant to bring awareness and promote the importance of virtual care now as well as its advancing purpose in the upcoming years of healthcare delivery. Today's post serves as an introduction to remote patient monitoring (RPM) and the benefits it offers to both patients and providers.

What Is RPM? 

Remote patient monitoring utilizes digital technologies to electronically collect and transmit health data such as vital signs, weight, blood pressure and even range of motion. These monitoring programs give providers easy access to a collective hub of patient data and help them enable treatment plans outside of conventional clinical settings. 

Read these frequently asked questions for more information on how to qualify patients for RPM services as well as learn more about which Medicare and CPT codes are needed for reimbursement.

What Is The Difference Between RPM and Telehealth? 

While RPM refers to specific patient management technologies, telehealth is a much broader term that references general methods of patient engagement. There are three types of RPM: real time measurements like heart rate or blood oxygen levels, surveillance indicators for symptom tracking and on behalf services such as tests, injections or other physical treatments that are administered to patients in their home by providers. 

Take a look at Care Innovations’ database that features a variety of videos that explain the basics of RPM and demonstrate its benefits.

What Are The Benefits Of RPM? 

Other than pursuing continuity of care, enhancing patient engagement and expanding access to healthcare, RPM also offers real time compliance benefits with data driven decisions that make for more effective treatment plans and improve patient outcomes. Check out these informative graphics from Health Tech Magazine that outline the advantages of leveraging RPM services

What Is The Purpose Of RPM? 

Not only is RPM meant to increase provider levels of patient engagement but it also serves as an educational resource that motivates patients to practice self care at home and teaches them how to effectively keep track of their own progress. With the pandemic, now more than ever, at home healthcare represents the future for our industry as RPM offers the initiative to inspire patients to pursue individualized care rather than depending on providers for intermediate treatment. Be sure to watch this video that explains the push for patient education and defines the cause for telehealth and RPM services. 


Check out the second installment of our “Patient Innovation” #rtblogseries this Wednesday for some special insights within the Behavioral and Mental Health industry.

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