A 2008 article in The ASHA Leader chronicles the increased popularity of audiology telepractice over the past few years. Here are some highlights from the article: In Canada, audiologists are using telepractice to give hearing screening tests to newborns who don’t pass their first test. The telepractice program is expected to expand to 15 remote
In 2006, The Visiting Nurse Service of New York piloted the Speech Telehealth Program in Manhattan. Since the inception of the program, more than 200 patients with speech-related difficulties have been treated through telepractice sessions. The program has managed to treat diverse patients, with conditions ranging from post-stroke communication disorders and neurogenic dysfunctions to Parkinson’s
As the demand for SLPs in school districts rises, more and more schools are facing severe shortages of SLPs. A 2008 article in The ASHA Leader reported that public schools in West Virginia are turning to telepractice technology to address these personnel shortages. Jeanne Juenger, an SLP in West Virginia, said, “It’s no secret that
In 2005, the Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI experimented with a telepractice program that delivered speech therapy to patients stationed in remote areas of Japan. An article in The ASHA Leader noted that prior to the telepractice program, patients had to be air evacuated from Japan to Hawaii to attend speech therapy sessions.
A 2006 article in The ASHA Leader reported that a speech telepractice program was successful in reaching out to students in rural areas of Oklahoma. The program, called Speech TeleTherapy, utilizes interactive teleconferencing and a document camera called “Elmo” that makes it possible for students to view lessons and play language-oriented board games during therapy
After receiving dire requests for health care services from rural communities, the St. Alexius Medical Center of Bismarck, North Dakota started a pilot program in 2003 that brought online speech therapy to rural denizens of the state. An article in The ASHA Leader described the success of the pilot program. Two program participants lived in
Audiologists have thus far been slow to adopt telepractice technology, mainly due to concerns about connectivity and cost. As telepractice technology becomes more sophisticated however, more audiologists are using videoconferencing to interact with patients. The potential benefits of audiology telepractice are immense. Regional audiology clinics can offer hearing tests to those who live in rural communities,