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

What is Remote Patient Monitoring versus telehealth?

Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) uses digital technology to collect and transmit patient physiologic data to another location. Telehealth uses technology to support a broader scope of remote healthcare services.

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.

On the other hand, according to the American Medical Association, telehealth is “the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support a broad scope of remote health care services”.

Furthermore, Medicare denotes that telehealth can include office visits, psychotherapy, consultations, and certain other medical or health services that are provided by a doctor or other health care provider located elsewhere using interactive two-way real-time audio and video technology.