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 9: Man with Machine or Man versus Machine? Insights from Technology-Based Rehabilitation in Persons with Aphasia
Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have been a driving force in overcoming barriers to access in the healthcare sector and have led to the emergence of telepractice as a means of providing cost-effective and continued healthcare. Not only does the implementation of telerehabilitation help in reducing travel time and expenses for accessing healthcare, but also benefits the patient by proving an opportunity to better adhere to the treatment programme and thereby lead to improved quality of life. However, the implementation of telerehabilitation also ...