How Telehealth Can Help Patient & Stakeholder Engagement

Many therapists have had to adjust their practices significantly during the times of COVID-19 due to stay at home orders or other interruptions.

This has forced a number of therapists to start doing telehealth, with some planning on incorporating it moving forward and others planning on going back to ‘normal’ and only doing in-person services. Some practices closed during stay at home orders and didn’t offer telehealth or telepractice at all.

These therapists are missing out on a number of benefits for both the therapist and their clients, which as time goes on will leave them at a distinct disadvantage relative to the other therapists who have embraced the advantages of the medium. Continue Reading →

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20 Reasons OT Clients Will Still Demand Teletherapy Options

The demand for occupational therapists that can give quality teletherapy has gone from a few early adopters to a wide portion of the therapy population almost overnight with stay at home orders and other precautions.

 Now that many clients have been forced to make the jump to teletherapy, they are starting to consider whether or not coming in for regular therapy needs to happen every time when there’s a plethora of advantages to the client of why teletherapy is a good option and treatment outcomes have been shown to be very similar. Continue Reading →

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Emergency Departments: Why Autism Certification is Critical

Imagine not being aware that your patient’s pain level is not being accurately communicated. Imagine not knowing that when examining a patient, you may inadvertently cause the visit time to be tripled. Imagine misdiagnosing a serious health issue because your patient communicates differently and did not indicate their concerns the same way a “typical” patient does. 

Potential for Misdiagnosis and Increased Visit Time is High

This is the reality for patients with autism who visit emergency departments with urgent or acute medical issues and encounter providers and support staff that are not knowledgeable in the medical differences for people with autism and how to ensure an efficient, effective visit.  Continue Reading →

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How Telehealth Can Help Patient & Stakeholder Engagement for OTs

Many occupational therapists have had to adjust their practices significantly during the times of COVID-19 due to stay at home orders or other interruptions.

This has forced a number of OTs to start doing telehealth, with some planning on incorporating it moving forward and others planning on going back to ‘normal’ and only doing in-person services. Some practices closed during stay at home orders and didn’t offer telehealth or telepractice at all.

These OTs are missing out on a number of benefits for both the OT and their clients, which as time goes on will leave them at a distinct disadvantage relative to the other OTs who have embraced the advantages of the medium. Continue Reading →

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What if Virtual Conferences Engaged Attendees More Than In-Person Events?

Many virtual events are just webinars, but some are meant to be similar to interactive conferences and have opportunities for engagement built right in. ISCRD Virtual Summit is a conference that has numerous opportunities for engagement, starting 30 days before the conference and lasting for 30 days after.

There are a multitude of interaction tools, that when paired with **INSERT LINK HERE** powerful networking tools can easily make it so you come out of the conference with valuable connections and insight.

How Can Attendees Engage With Each Other?

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Top 8 Reasons All Healthcare Clinics Need Teletherapy

Clinics of all types have had to make significant adjustments to therapy since the onset of COVID, forcing many to abruptly transition to teletherapy only models for at least the short term.

It now seems that the new normal is to never know when the next time we might have a stay at home order forcing therapists to yet again do extensive teletherapy, regardless of whether it is their preference or not. It also applies across professions- whether your clinic has occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, psychologists or even physical therapists. Continue Reading →

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How Telehealth Will Save Rural Health Clinics and Rural Hospitals Money

Rural health clinics (RHCs) and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) can save significant amounts of money and staff time by properly utilizing telehealth services, among other benefits. Many people were forced into using telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, as 27 percent of people used telehealth for the first time when surveyed at the end of May, including numerous seniors. Many of these people would not have tried telehealth before, but of those that have 79 percent said they would continue to use it after the pandemic. Continue Reading →

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Why Autism Certification is Crucial for Critical Access Hospitals

Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) play a significant role in providing primary and preventative care in rural areas that are underserved. Currently, there are 4,500 RHCs and 1,350 CAHs nationwide.

It is critical that these facilities are able to provide services for people on the autism spectrum, as this is a huge area of need in this country.

“In addition to a diminished presence of and access to minimally adequate care for rural areas, there is a lack of evidence-based practices for identifying and providing services for individuals with ASD (Rhoades et al., 2007). This combination of factors contributes to a variety of unfavorable outcomes for affected children who live in rural locations, such as delays in developmental screening and diagnosis as well as fewer available interventions, which can lead to comparatively worse educational and functional outcomes.”- Rural Trends in Diagnosis and Services for Autism Spectrum Disorder, NCBI Continue Reading →

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