Telepractice in Occupational Therapy and What is telehealth? Telehealth refers to medical services provided over a technology platform. Pretty much any form of medical care delivered via technology vs. in-person means can be considered telehealth.
Telehealth can be conducted in the following ways:
- Live video
- Telephone Conversation
- Transmitting Home Exercise Programs electronically
What are the Benefits of Mental Health Tele-Therapy?
Telemental Health program, is a modality of care that delivers real-time client care via secure videoconferencing. This innovative and effective mode of health services delivery bridges geographical disparities and improves access to psychiatric care. Therapy sessions are are conducted over a secure telecommunications connection.
Addressing mental health challenges
Access to mental health services is challenging, due to insufficient resources, geography, and stigma. Wait lists for treatment are lengthy. Effective and cost-efficient virtual solutions are increasingly a viable option to address the need to improve the health and mental health well-being of Ontarians.
Value of virtual tools
There is strong evidence that online mental health therapies work. Virtual tools also address the Mental Health Strategy for Canada recommendation to ‘use technology to foster collaboration, increase access to services, and engage people in managing their mental health problems and illnesses.’