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Remote Therapeutic Monitoring in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases: Opportunities and Implementation

HumanInsight Remote Therapeutic Monitoring in Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases: Opportunities and Implementation

Med Res Arch. 2023 Jul;11(7.2):3957. doi: 10.18103/mra.v11i7.2.3957.


Therapeutic Monitoring (RTM) is a new program in the United States that began in 2022 allowing electronic patient-reported outcomes (ePRO) and other patient-generated data to be reviewed by clinical staff between visits so that patients can receive clinical attention as needed. Remote Therapeutic Monitoring simultaneously enhances the capacity to generate prospective longitudinal data that may be useful for secondary research purposes. As many governmental and private insurance programs in the United States now provide reimbursement for Remote Therapeutic Monitoring, increasing numbers of rheumatologists may be incentivized to provide this service for their patient populations. Launched in 2015, the ArthritisPower® Research Registry and associated mobile and desktop application, registered with the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) as a Class I medical device, enables patients to track their disease across dozens of domains and to securely participate in voluntary research studies. ArthritisPower, in partnership with Illumination Health, has developed infrastructure and a clinical workflow for Remote Therapeutic Monitoring that will help rheumatologists more closely track their patients' disease activity and flares, identify primary non-adherence, record changes in key health domains (e.g. fatigue, pain, physical function, mental health) and meet the needs for other data elements important for clinical care identified by individual providers. Ultimately, the approach to use digital health tools between visits seeks to improve clinical outcomes for patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. This editorial review discusses the evolution of remote monitoring in rheumatologic care, describes the opportunities for physician reimbursement as of 2023, and provides a suggested workflow in order to establish Remote Therapeutic Monitoring within rheumatology practices.

PMID:38550526 | PMC:PMC10972608 | DOI:10.18103/mra.v11i7.2.3957

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