1. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  2. General RPM Industry Questions

What is the definition of Remote Patient Monitoring?

Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) uses digital technology to gather patient physiologic data and transmit it to a physician, Qualified Healthcare Professional, or clinical staff in another location for analysis.

Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) uses digital technology to gather physiologic data from patients in one location (e.g., their home) and transmit that information to a physician, Qualified Healthcare Professional, or clinical staff in another location (e.g. doctor’s office) for analysis.

RPM devices can collect various forms of health data, including vital signs, blood pressure, heart rate, and electrocardiograms, among others. Providers can use this data to monitor the patient’s health conditions, provide recommendations, and/or make changes to a patient’s care plan.

For a patient to be eligible for RPM enrollment under CMS guidelines, the following criteria must be met:

  • The patient must consent to participation in the program
  • The devices must be defined as medical devices by the FDA and be ordered by a qualified medical professional
  • Data captured by a device must be wirelessly synced/connected
  • Patients must take and transmit readings for at least 16 out of 30 days
  • Lastly, the data monitoring services must be performed by a physician, a qualified healthcare professional, or clinical staff (examples include: RNs/medical assistants), subject to state law