WATERLOO, Iowa – U.S. Rehab published a white paper called “Telehealth for Complex Rehab: Is it Effective?” for your Internet network location.
“Telehealth has been a great tool for professionals in complex rehabilitation technology during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Greg Packer, president of U.S. Rehab. “But what we’ve seen is that telehealth must be available for use outside the public health emergency.”
U.S. Rehab notes that studies indicated that the use of telehealth in complex rehabilitation indicates similar or, in some cases, better results to face-to-face services, and that patients generally prefer telehealth.
Packer predicts that the use of telehealth will increase in the coming years and that providers must now prepare to provide this service and understand the situations in which telehealth is most appropriate.
The white paper includes Packer comments; Dr. Mark Schmeler, associate professor and director of the continuing education program in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology at the University of Pittsburgh; and Kyle Walker, director of assistive technology operations at VGM Homelink.
The U.S. Rehab association covers more than 1,3000 independently owned rehabilitation sites.