Telemedicine has had a major impact on teams offering rehabilitation and non-pharmacological treatment and a growing number of rehabilitation units offer parts of their services to patients in their homes or at their nearest healthcare centre.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), hand rehabilitation after injuries or surgery, speech therapy for patients with voice and speech disorders, and pain rehabilitation individually or in groups are activities included in this survey. All these services are based on video conferencing, either advanced video conferencing systems, personal computers with webcams or tablet computers. (Hand rehabilitation and speech therapy are currently offered to patients at home, either by mobile video conferencing systems or iPad borrowed from the rehab unit, or via their own personal computer or tablet). Most of the rehabilitation units provide telemedicine services to the county residents, particularly to sparsely populated municipalities. The hand rehabilitation team, however, has a larger catchment area and provides rehabilitation services, including telemedicine services, to patients throughout the Northern Healthcare Region.
This text has been originally released in the following report: Telemedicine Survey in the County Council of Västerbotten -An analysis of the present situation, conditions and areas of improvement.