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Telehealth Opportunities in Occupational Therapy

  • Jana Cason
  • Tammy Richmond
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Part of the Health Informatics book series (HI)

Abstract

Presently, utilization of telehealth is in its infancy within the profession of occupational therapy. However, the occupational therapy profession is poised to benefit from integrating this service delivery model across multiple practice settings and practice areas. Potential benefits of using a telehealth service delivery model within occupational therapy include increased accessibility of services to clients who live in remote or underserved areas, improved access to providers and specialists otherwise unavailable to clients, prevention of unnecessary delays in receiving care, and decreased isolation for practitioners through distance learning, consultation, and research. This chapter examines telehealth terminology and technologies, potential applications of telehealth across six practice areas of occupational therapy, reimbursement considerations, and standards and guidelines to support implementation of a telehealth service delivery model within occupational therapy. Adoption of telehealth as a service delivery model within occupational therapy will depend on continued efforts to fund and research the implementation of telehealth technologies across all occupational therapy practice areas, which, in turn, will promote policy change that results in expanded reimbursement and sustainability.

Keywords

Occupational Therapy Functional Electrical Stimulation Personal Health Record Service Delivery Model Early Intervention Service 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Auerbach School of Occupational TherapySpalding UniversityLouisvilleUSA
  2. 2.Go 2 Care, Inc.Los AngelesUSA

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