A 2009 Study Indicates that Telerehabilitation Programs are Sustainable and Cost-Effective

The results of a three-year-long study that examined over 2200 telerehabilitation sessions suggest that telerehabilitation programs are not just effective but sustainable as well. The INTEGRIS TeleRehab model for health care delivery was put into place in rural areas of Oklahoma, where over 1,144,000 individuals are underserved and 678,000 people do not receive health care at all. Researchers confidently assert that challenges to telerehabilitation programs, like equipment limitations, can be overcome and that when weighed against a traditional therapy model, the telerehabilitation model is well worth the investment. They conclude that the INTEGRIS TeleRehab model increased access to individuals who would otherwise not receive health care services. Furthermore, for those who already have access to health care, the telerehabilitation program reduced the average household’s health care costs by about $50 per session due to elimination of travel costs and clinical overhead charges.

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