March 29, 2023
As technology advances, healthcare professionals are continuously exploring innovative methods to provide care remotely. One such development is remote therapeutic monitoring (RTM) for physical therapists, which allows them to monitor and evaluate patients’ progress from a distance. This service can be provided by a physical therapist or a physical therapy assistant, with appropriate supervision in place. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the supervision requirements for remote therapeutic monitoring providers to ensure quality care for patients.
Supervision Requirements for Remote Therapeutic Monitoring Providers:
Direct Communication Channels
Remote therapeutic monitoring providers must have direct communication channels available with the supervising therapist. These communication channels may include chat or texting, phone calls, or even video calls. In practice, many providers use platforms like Microsoft Teams or other secure messaging systems to facilitate seamless communication between the supervising therapist and remote provider.
It’s essential that the remote provider has access to the supervising therapist, especially when potential red flags or urgent situations arise. The supervising therapist must be readily available to address any concerns or provide guidance as needed.
Remote therapeutic monitoring providers do not need to be on-site with the supervising therapist. The remote nature of this service allows providers to work independently, though they must maintain regular communication with their supervisor which is the supervising therapist who evaluated the patient from the start and created the plan of care.
Monitoring Outside of Standard Treatment Sessions
Remote therapeutic monitoring cannot occur during standard treatment sessions. The purpose of RTM is to provide additional support and monitoring outside of regular appointments, allowing patients to maintain their progress and receive timely feedback on their performance.
Documentation and Record-Keeping
Remote therapeutic monitoring providers must maintain accurate documentation of their interactions with patients. This documentation includes the mode of communication, frequency, and content of the conversations, as well as any specific concerns or issues that may have arisen during the monitoring period. This information is crucial for the supervising therapist to evaluate the patient’s progress effectively and make any necessary adjustments to the treatment plan.
In conclusion, Remote therapeutic monitoring is an innovative approach that allows physical therapists to provide additional support and monitoring to their patients, even from a distance.
By adhering to the supervision requirements outlined above, remote providers can ensure they maintain high-quality care and effective communication with the supervising therapist. As the field of telehealth continues to expand, it’s essential for both patients and providers to understand the possibilities and limitations of these emerging technologies.