As the aging population increases globally, it is integral to find effective and affordable ways to increase older adults’ independence, improve their quality of life, and decrease the risk of life-threatening injuries. Telehealth technology has the ability to accomplish all of this and more, and presents an exciting way to empower and educate elderly patients about their health.
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.