Do You Use Telehealth in Your Practice?
Such ever ADVANCEing times we live in! I was filling out a survey for some OT students this week on pediatric practice and one of the check boxes for service delivery method was listed as telehealth. I think many of us may be familiar with the shift in medicine with concierge practice and the option to have physician contact via various E-health means. Telehealth for therapists involves managing a work load of children in schools, at home in rural areas and in other settings using video conferencing and other methods to communicate and interact with their clients and families. Cris Rowan is an OT in British Columbia that shares some helpful information in her blog Telehealth- what is it, who is doing it, and does it work?
AOTA cites this as an emerging trend in our field and a wave of the future. OT Dr. Jana Cason set up an early intervention telehealth program that stemmed from her doctorate studies and she states in AOTA's Emerging Niche
that "Research is showing that it is an effective way to deliver therapy services" So it certainly seems that telehealth is beginning to be integrated into health care services as an acceptable service delivery provision for OTs. I know you must have your own ideas about the pros and cons? Are you a telehealth practitioner? Please do share your experiences with us!