A 2009 Gartner Report indicates that telemedicine has been a tremendous success in the province of Ontario, Canada. From 2008 to 2009, more than 2,008 clinicians conducted 70,600 telemedicine sessions using the Ontario Telemedicine Network. The Ontario Telemedicine Network estimates that these videoconferencing sessions have saved patients millions of kilometers of travel. Moreover, they have
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
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.
Telepractice can specifically aid school districts that have limited access to SLPs. A new study conducted by researchers at Kent State University indicates that telepractice methods for providing speech-language therapy are just as effective as traditional on-site therapy for students. Thirty-eight children from four rural school districts in Ohio participated in a pilot program in
The advent of telepractice can be particularly helpful to patients with aphasia. Because aphasia is a language disorderInternet-based assessment and treatment of aphasia though, patients no longer have to worry about the inconvenience of attaining long-term treatment. A 2008 study demonstrated that online assessment of aphasia type and severity level is remarkably accurate. The researchers