Improvements in Telemedicine Technology Allow for Greater Patient-SLP Interaction

One of the criticisms of telemedicine is that there are current limitations to videoconferencing equipment. Every type of technology has its limitations to be sure, but fortunately researchers are making great strides to improve telemedicine technology. Researchers at the National Rehabilitation Hospital are assembling prototype videoconferencing systems that have enhanced and extended capabilities to allow for better interaction between patients and SLPs. At the 26th Annual International Conference of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, D.M. Brennan and L.M. Barker demonstrated that these prototype systems offer more comprehensive treatment by providing a wider range of therapeutic interventions. Their research supports the use of this advanced telemedicine technology as an effective method for treating adults with neurological disorders.