What Is Teletherapy?

What Is TeleTherapy and Why Does It Matter?

TeleTherapy is providing personalized skilled physical therapy via a secure HIPAA-compliant web connection. This service allows the patient to receive physical therapy at a time and place that is convenient for them. It helps eliminate distance barriers and can improve access to services that would often not be consistently available in distant or rural communities. Video conferencing technologies now permit communications between the patient and physical therapist with both convenience and consistency.

What Are the Benefits of TeleTherapy Direct?

TeleTherapy Direct gives you access to on-demand care from an accredited physical therapist when and where you need it. We guarantee that you’ll be able to schedule an appointment within 24 hours (excluding Sundays and holidays). No longer do you need to bear the responsibility of traveling for the care you need. It’s now all at your fingertips from any device.

Improved Access. TeleTherapy Direct improves patient access whenever and wherever they need it. It also enables physical therapists to provide services beyond their own offices and expand their reach to new patients.

Cost Efficiencies. Telemedicine, in general, has been shown to reduce the cost of healthcare and increase efficiency through better management of chronic conditions, shared staffing, reduced travel times and fewer office visits. Lowering the cost of healthcare delivery results in more stabilized insurance rates and reduced provider overhead.

Improved Quality of Service. According to the American TeleMedicine Association, studies have consistently shown that the quality of healthcare services delivered via telemedicine is as good as those given in traditional in-person consultations. In some specialties, particularly in mental health and ICU care, telemedicine delivers a superior product with greater outcomes and patient satisfaction. While providing physical therapy services through the same mechanisms is relatively new, it is expected to yield similar results. In fact, a 2009 pilot study of the effectiveness of teletherapy for total knee replacement concluded that telerehabilitation for post-knee arthroplasty is a realistic alternative for dispensing rehabilitation services for patients discharged from an acute care hospital. To read the study, click HERE.

Convenience. Using teleconferencing technologies removes travel time and helps break down the barriers to scheduling appointments with your local provider. By having a nationwide network of available physical therapists at their fingertips via electronic devices, patients find more options to fit their busy schedules without disrupting their lifestyles. Because of expanded access and convenience, patients are becoming more and more satisfied with telemedicine services, in general, according to numerous studies over the past decade-plus.

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