RPM Program Development and Analysis Plan – Example

Description

This RPM development tool presents a comprehensive plan for designing a RPM Pilot Program with a rigorous evaluation, including the research hypotheses and goals, the home Telehealth intervention, staffing models, participant eligibility criteria, participant enrollment process, evaluation methods, outcome measures, data sources, and analysis plan. Project staff can use the protocol as a design guide in the development of the telehealth program, as well as for implementation and evaluation of a telehealth program start-up (e.g., randomized controlled trial, comparison group, pre-post test).

Audience

For organizations that want to pilot and evaluate a RPM Telehealth Program and are tasked with writing a RPM project plan, including:
  • Telehealth project team members
  • Program and evaluation management
  • Medical management

Helpful Tips

  • This implementation and analysis plan was designed for use in an integrated delivery system setting but can be readily modified for organizations in different care settings.
  • This example can serve as a model design for an RPM program study, including the information required for human subjects approval, if necessary.
  • This protocol can be enhanced by adding details on how the technology intervention integrates within the clinical process by outlining the workflow and identifying responsible clinicians and their roles.
  • If an organization requires human subjects approval from an Institutional Review Board (IRB), significant time should be allowed for IRB approval (e.g., 2-4 months). Human subjects approval often is not required if a pilot program is being conducted as a clinical improvement program and all data are deidentified. Organizations conducting RPM telehealth pilot studies should contact their institution’s human subjects committee for specific guidance.

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