Telemedicine in Rehabilitation.


Department of Spinal Cord Injury and Disorder, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Program, Multiple Sclerosis Regional Center, The James J Peters VAMC, SCI/D Unit, 130 West Kingsbridge Road, Bronx, NY 10468, USA. Electronic address: [Email]


Telerehabilitation refers to the virtual delivery of rehabilitation services into the patient's home. This methodology has shown to be advantageous when used to enhance or replace conventional therapy to overcome geographic, physical, and cognitive barriers. The exponential growth of technology has led to the development of new applications that enable health care providers to monitor, educate, treat, and support patients in their own environment. Best practices and well-designed Telerehabilitation studies are needed to build and sustain a strong Telerehabilitation system that is integrated in the current health care structure and is cost-effective.