We live in a world that has wide healthcare disparities that negatively impact individuals in certain places around the globe. Shortages of doctors, healthcare supplies, medications, and healthcare facilities cause people in disadvantaged areas to suffer from preventable and/or treatable ailments. Humanitarian aid organizations work tirelessly to close the health disparity gap, and telemedicine provides a promising way to do it.
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.
In contrast to other fields in healthcare, substance abuse disorder treatment lacks a significant technology component. Telehealth technologies have yet to be implemented on a universal scale in addiction recovery programs. However, studies show that telehealth has the potential to transform and improve the way we rehabilitate substance abuse patients and can help to reduce the number of people impacted by the opioid crisis in the United States.
Araelle Jenison is an EMT and the Manager and Telehealth Coordinator for the Mobile Health Care System Community Check Program for Adirondack Health. The program is designed to complement home health care. Patients placed on the program can benefit from the immediate intervention of paramedics. In her own words Jenison writes about the program and how it has been implemented in the Southern Washington County and Northern Rensselaer County.