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 5: Tele-audiology in India: Facilitators, Limitations and Challenges
Telehealth is described as the use of telecommunication technologies to deliver health-related services and information that support patient care, administrative activities and health education (Dixon, Hook and McGowan 2008). Telemedicine is defined as providing medical services over distance (Fong, Li and Fong 2013). There is a growing amount of literature on the use of technology for remote assessment and intervention in medicine (Bashshur 2002) and rehabilitation (Lemaire, Boudrias and Greene 2001; Torsney 2003; Winters 2002). Remote areas often have a shortage of professionals and technical resources, which are required ...