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In my last post I talked about Timocco’s Online Portal that provides a Tele-Therapy service for children at home and offers a solution for those who find it hard to visit the clinic on a weekly basis. The waiting lists for getting an OT are often very long and the service is not always available. Plus, working with an OT once a week is not enough, and practice at home between weekly sessions might bring much better results.
After writing about the advantages of Timocco in this matter, I wish to support our assumptions, beliefs, and experiences with research and findings from literature:
Nowadays, mainly due to a combination of demographic changes, there is a lack of resources in the field of Public Health and technological improvements. The development of new rehabilitative practices seems mandatory in order to build sustainable models from the clinical, organizational, and economic perspectives. In this sense, we have witnessed in recent years the attempt at moving care from the inpatient setting, to the patient’s home with the aim of reducing hospitalization time and costs.
Telerehabilitation can be defined as the set of instruments and protocols aimed at providing rehabilitation. In recent years the number of telerehabilitation programs has been rapidly increasing mainly because of the growing attention upon its potentialities, and as a result of proper technological developments, the establishment of reliable rehabilitation services became allowed.
The scientific literature attributes Tele-Rehabilitation as having the capability to:
– Provide health services in rural areas.
– Enlarge the rehabilitation opportunities by using computer aided systems.
– Improve the quality of life.
– Reduce medical costs by increasing the number of patients treated in a single day, or by a single professional unit.
– Reduce travel time.
(Grigionia, Cordellab, & Giacomozzia (2010)