The increasing influence of digital media on all aspects of life, especially the use of Internet and smartphone, has not left even the field of healthcare practice untouched. Telerehabilitation, implying the use of telecommunications in rehabilitation activities, is being used widely in the treatment of communication and mental health disorders. The use of telerehabilitation services makes rehabilitation more feasible, fast, time-saving and cost-effective for people who face constraints in physically presenting themselves to healthcare providers due to extent of retardation, illness or commuting issues. It is thus a boon for the people who stay in remote areas and have no access to healthcare professionals in close vicinity. Therefore, research is underway on the optimal means to deliver telerehabilitation services both locally and globally and is now seen as a critical activity in healthcare.
Chapter 2: Telepractice in Speech-Language Pathology in India
Technological advancements have made life easier and more comfortable. Especially the various forms of ‘tele’ communications have reached greater heights with the advent of the audio and video transmissions in real-time. The Greek word tele means remote or distant (Darkins and Cary 2000) and this is used to transfer information over a distance through telegraph, telephone and television. According to American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA 2004), telepractice in the field of speech-language pathology is to provide professional services at a distance mode by connecting the clinician with the client as shown ...