American Telemedicine Association’s Principles for Delivering Telerehabilitation Services

  • Tammy Richmond Go2Care, Los Angeles, CA
  • Christopher Peterson Hartford Healthcare, Hartford, CT
  • Jana Cason Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy, Spalding University, Louisville, KY
  • Mike Billings Infinity Rehabilitation, Wilsonville, OR
  • Evelyn Abrahante Terrell Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Miami Children's Health System, Miami, FL
  • Alan Chong W. Lee Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, CA
  • Michael Towey Voice & Swallowing Center of Maine, Waldo County General Hospital, Belfast, ME
  • Bambang Parmanto Department of Health Information Management, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Andi Saptano Department of Health Information Management, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Ellen R. Cohn Department of Communication Science and Disorders, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • David Brennan Telehealth Initiatives, MedStar Institute for Innovation, Washington, DC

Abstract

Telehealth is a broad term used to describe the use of electronic or digital information and communications technologies to support clinical healthcare, patient and professional health related education, and public health and health administration. Telerehabilitation refers to the delivery of rehabilitation and habilitation services via information and communication technologies (ICT), also commonly referred to as” telehealth” technologies. Telerehabilitation services can include evaluation, assessment, monitoring, prevention, intervention, supervision, education, consultation, and coaching. Telerehabilitation services can be deployed across all patient populations and multiple healthcare settings including clinics, homes, schools, or community-based worksites. This document was adapted from the American Telemedicine Association’s (ATA) “A Blueprint for Telerehabilitation Guidelines” (2010) and reflects the current utilization of telerehabilitation services. It was developed collaboratively by members of the ATA Telerehabilitation Special Interest Group, with input and guidance from other practitioners in the field, strategic stakeholders, and ATA staff. Its purpose is to inform and assist practitioners in providing effective and secure services that are based on client needs, current empirical evidence, and available technologies. Rehabilitation professionals, in conjunction with professional associations and other organizations are encouraged to use this document as a resource for developing discipline-specific standards, guidelines, and practice requirements.

Keywords: American Telemedicine Association, Habilitation, Rehabilitation, Telehealth, Telepractice

 

  

Published
2017-11-20
How to Cite
Richmond, T., Peterson, C., Cason, J., Billings, M., Terrell, E. A., Lee, A. C. W., Towey, M., Parmanto, B., Saptano, A., Cohn, E. R., & Brennan, D. (2017). American Telemedicine Association’s Principles for Delivering Telerehabilitation Services. International Journal of Telerehabilitation, 9(2), 63–68. https://doi.org/10.5195/ijt.2017.6232
Section
Policy