Telerehabilitation




The Telerehabilitation SIG works to develop innovative systems “tools” to be used for telerehabilitation, to collect data of evidence-based outcomes of telerehabilitation clinical applications and acts as a resource for policy and reimbursement issues.




The Telerehabilitation Special Interest Group’s (SIG) mission is to enhance access to rehabilitation services through the use of telehealth technologies. The Telerehabilitation SIG includes rehabilitation occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, rehabilitation engineers, assistive technologists, rehabilitation physicians, audiologists, educators, rehabilitation nurses, neuropsychologists, disability specialists, policy experts and telehealth agencies involved in applying computer-based technologies and telecommunications to improve access to rehabilitation services and support independent living.










Leadership


Chris Peterson, PT, DPT, Cert. MDT
Chair

Director of Telehealth
Hartford Healthcare

Hartford, CT



Evelyn Terrell, OTD, MHSA, OTR/L
Vice Chair

Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Regional Director

Miami, FL 



Tammy Richmond, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA
Immediate Past Chair

CEO and Founder
Go 2 Care, Inc

Los Angeles, CA






2017-2018 Goals

  • Foster dialogue concerning barriers to interstate practice and other policy issues via collaborations between ATA (Latoya Thomas); American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA); National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT); American Speech-Language-Hearing(ASHA); National Council of State Boards of Examiners (NCSB); American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT); and the Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP).
  • Create a TR SIG Business and Service Model (BSM) Database of current providers, health care systems, agencies, organizations, companies that are providing telerehab services to educate members and stakeholders about Telerehab value.



The TR SIG subcommittees, listed below, generate targeted resources to advance the practice of rehabilitation using telehealth technologies.

Sub-committees

  • Education/Research: The primary aim of the education subcommittee is to provide our membership with the best available resources on how to incorporate telehealth technologies in rehabilitation including training, technology selection etc. Our subcommittee members are experts in this area and have experience in research, teaching, operations, and practice.
  • Policy/Coding: The Policy and Coding subcommittee is our advocacy group. The mission of this group is to provide resources and help advocate for telerehabilitaiton policy and reimbursement.
  • TR SIG Outreach: The purpose of this subcommittee is to communicate with active and prospective members through our SIG newsletter, “TR SIGnatures”, social media, etc.




Principles for Delivering Telerehabilitation ServicesMember only content icon
This document is an update to the “A Blueprint for Telerehabilitation Guidelines” (2010) and reflects the current utilization of telerehabilitation services. This guide serves to inform and assist stakeholders in providing effective, quality services that are based on client needs, current empirical evidence, and available technologies. The content in this document addresses general administrative, clinical, technical and ethical principles for utilization of telerehabilitation services.