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What is Remote Therapeutic Monitoring (RTM)?

What is Remote Therapeutic Monitoring (RTM) and how can it help improve patient outcomes and engagement for musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions?
January 6, 2023
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While Physical Therapists and Physicians universally agree that patient adherence to prescribed home exercise is critical to patient outcomes, statistics show that at-home exercise is not as successful as we would like:

  • 83% of Americans do not follow treatment plans as prescribed
  • 42% of Americans feel they would be more likely to follow their prescribed treatment plans if they received encouragement and coaching in between visits.

The Basics of Remote Therapeutic Monitoring

What is Remote Therapeutic Monitoring?

Remote Therapeutic Monitoring, or RTM, was developed to help improve patient adherence to home exercise programs and patient care outside of the clinic. RTM refers to the use of digital technologies to monitor and capture therapeutic health data – such as physical therapy adherence and changes in pain and functional levels -- from patients, and transmit this information to their healthcare providers so they can better manage their patients’ care.

RTM differs from Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) in that it monitors non-physiologic data, such as therapy adherence and reported pain levels.

For RTM, an episode of care begins when remote monitoring for a specific condition is initiated and ends when the data being targeted is collected and/or the goals of treatment are met. Devices used for monitoring must be a medical device as defined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The goal of RTM is to provide clinicians real-time data, including whether their patients are adhering to their home therapy and whether their patients’ pain and function is improving so that they have the most comprehensive information to oversee their care plan and intervene when appropriate. This will enable better support for patients in between visits, drive improved outcomes for patients, reduce unnecessary downstream costs (such as opioid use, surgery) and increase practice reimbursement.

How Can RTM benefit providers?

  • Insight into therapy adherence
  • Enhance patient care by supporting them at home
  • Collect patient reported outcomes to monitor success
  • Improved outcomes for pain and function
  • Strengthen the patient-provider relationship and empower patients to take an active role in improving their health

How Can I Learn More About RTM?

Looking to learn more about implementing Remote Therapeutic Monitoring into your practice without disrupting existing clinical workflows? Limber Health provides a white glove, turnkey solution for providers looking to implement RTM.  We invite you to Reserve a demo of our full service solution for RTM.

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