Did you know telehealth visits are expected to grow from 350,000 in 2013 to 7 million worldwide in 2018? Did you know that organizations like Kaiser Permanente, the largest integrated health care network in the US, conducted more visits online than they did in-person for the first time in 2016 (52%)? Did you know that in the UK, it is predicted that the remote monitoring of conditions, virtual consultations, and telehealth will become the norm within the decade?
One thing is clear - telehealth is trending in only one direction and that is dramatically upwards. As technology rapidly evolves, rehabilitation disciplines, including physiotherapy, are increasingly becoming a part of this wave.
Maybe you’ve heard telehealth, or more specifically for physiotherapists, “telerehabilitation.” But what is it and how can it benefit your patients and practice? What kind of situations can you use it for? What does the evidence say? Can you really perform a physiotherapy assessment and treatment online? What kind of technology do you need? How much will that cost? Who pays for the treatment? What about privacy and security? What does the College think? Is it . . . even legal?
This resource is aimed at providing the knowledge you need to participate in the evolving world of telerehabilitation in its current state of development. Specifically, the resource aims to:
- Summarize the background and telerehabilitation research-to-date to give a foundation to facilitate evidence-based telerehabilitation practice in British Columbia (with a focus on MSK assessment in teleconsultations (videoconferencing).
- Provide up-to-date information and practical tools for clinics and clinicians who wish to add telerehabilitation as a component of their practice. Specifically, tools and information will include recommended workflows, hardware recommendations, software comparisons, connectivity considerations, examples of consent, etc.
- Demonstrate examples of telerehabilitation in practice and consider future potential applications for telerehabilitation in British Columbia.
April 28, 2019.
Listen to multiple speakers from our telerehabilitation session. We were very fortunate to have global telerehabilitation expert Dr. Trevor Russell expound on the capabilities of telerehabilitation while your colleagues Jeremy McAllister, Dianne Millette and Robin Roots provided the BC context.