“I don’t have to make sure my house is clean, or my hair is done and I have makeup on as when the physical therapist comes to the house. I can do my exercises in my housecoat.” - Yale School of Medicine Telerehabilitation Study Participant
As telehealth rises in both its popularity and reach, it is sure to expand to more patient populations and areas of healthcare. When thinking beyond the traditional applications of telehealth, we open doors to a wide array of possibilities within the field of remote patient monitoring. As we explore these new avenues, we will start to see that telehealth has the potential to benefit many different types of patients. In orthopedics, for example, telehealth can be used to service patients post hip and knee replacement as they recover from surgery.
Tele-rehabilitation can enhance recovery after a stroke by improving access to multi-disciplinary care and rehab professionals, like physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists. Tele-rehabilitation interventions have the potential to change the way care is delivered to this population by allowing remote specialists to address the motor, cognitive, and neuropsychiatric deficits that occur after stroke.