Telehealth, according to Ellen R. Cohn, editor, author and professor, University of Pittsburgh, is going to become “the rule rather than an exception.”
More than 150 local and national nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech language pathologists attended the virtual conference, Telerehabilitation and Telepractice: An Interprofessional Conference to Build Connections and Best Practices, on March 4 and 5.
“It’s going to be taught in all universities,” Cohn said of the commonality of telehealth. “It’s going to be reimbursed [by insurance companies], the same as in person practice. [It is] Not yet, but it should be.”
Through the expertise of top speakers in telehealth, attendees learned about the 100 year history of telehealth, current trends, best practices, legal requirements, interprofessional education, and systems and practice relative to telehealth, telepractice, telerehabilitation and more.
Speakers included Cohn; Emi Isaki, professor, NAU Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Alan Lee, professor, Mount St. Mary’s University; Liz Greenberg and Ambur Lindstrom-Mette, both associate clinical professors at NAU in Tucson in the nursing program; Janet Bettger, associate professor and health services researcher at Duke University; Goris Hung, occupational therapist; and Jana Cason, professor at Spalding University.
Speech language pathologists, occupational therapists and physical therapists earned continuing education credits for attending the conference.