What is Remote Patient Monitoring and Governance Network (RPM-GND)?
In the past decade, the use of health information technology (HIT) has grown rapidly in the United States. This growth has been spurred by the widespread adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) and other health IT applications. One of the most promising applications of health IT is remote patient monitoring (RPM).
RPM is a process whereby patient health data is collected and transmitted electronically from the patient’s home to their care provider. This data can be used to track the patient’s health status and trends over time, and can be used to make decisions about their care.
The use of RPM has the potential to improve the quality and efficiency of healthcare delivery, and to reduce the cost of care. In addition, RPM can improve patient engagement and satisfaction, and can empower patients to take a more active role in their own health.
The federal government has been a strong proponent of the use of RPM, and has invested significant resources in the development of RPM technology and applications. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been a leader in this effort, and has been working to promote the use of RPM in the Medicare population.
In 2016, CMS launched the Remote Patient Monitoring Governance Network (RPM-GND), a national network of state and local RPM stakeholders. The RPM-GND is charged with sharing best practices, promoting the use of RPM, and providing technical assistance to states and localities interested in implementing RPM.
The RPM-GND is comprised of state and local government officials, health IT experts, clinicians, and patient advocates. The network provides a forum for stakeholders to share information and resources, and to collaborate on RPM initiatives.
The RPM-GND has developed a number of resources to support the use of RPM, including a toolkit for states and localities interested in implementing RPM, and a national directory of RPM vendors. In addition, the RPM-GND hosts webinars and in-person meetings on a variety of RPM topics.
The federal government’s investment in RPM is paying off, as the use of RPM is growing rapidly. As of 2017, there were more than 1,000 RPM vendors in the United States, and the number of RPM users was estimated to be in the millions.
The use of RPM is expected to continue to grow in the coming years, as more providers adopt the technology and more patients benefit from its use.