Implementation of remote patient monitoring of physical activity in clinical practice



Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) is a tool for patients to share data collected outside of office visits. RPM uses technology and digital data transmission to inform clinician decision-making in patient care. For routine physical activity tracking, RPM can be used operationally, given modern consumer-grade devices that can sync with electronic health records. Objective monitoring via RPM may be more reliable than patient self-report of physical activity.

Design and methods

This article reports on four pilot studies that highlight the utility and practicality of RPM for physical activity monitoring in ambulatory clinical care. Parameters include endocrinological, cardiological, neurological and pulmonological parameters.


The four pilot use cases discussed show how RPM is being used to monitor physical activity, a change that has broad implications for the prediction, prevention, diagnosis and management of chronic disease and the progress of rehabilitation.

Clinical relevance

If RPM for physical activity is to be expanded, it will be important to consider that some populations may face challenges in accessing digital health services.


RPM technology enables clinicians to obtain objective feedback to monitor patients' progress in rehabilitation settings. Nurses working in rehabilitation settings may need to provide additional patient education and support to improve uptake.

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