Telerehabilitate!

Telerehabilitate! A national web-based directory

Task Leader

Ellen R. Cohn PhD, CCC-SLP

Co-investigator

Timothy S. Deliyannides, MSIS Head, Department of Information Systems, University Library System, University of Pittsburgh

Other

Ashli Molinero, DSc., and Katherine Seelman PhD

Overview

The future potential for TR is vast, and will likely be conducted by numerous rehabilitation and educational disciplines, in multiple settings, including home-based services. TR will potentially know no state or national borders, and reach consumers in urban and rural settings, in flight, and on and under the seas. Despite this developing mode of practice, there is currently no comprehensive US directory, nor an interactive network of TR services.

We propose to establish such a directory, and believe it will be valuable to: consumers who receive and seek TR services; TR providers; prospective TR providers who seek mentoring concerning technology, state licensure requirements and other policy, clinical protocols, and reimbursement; policy-makers; business and industry; health providers who seek referral sources; media; and even local, state, and national government officials who are engaged in disaster planning. The site will contain geographically relevant links to policy and state licensure, so that a practitioner in North Carolina, who wants to provide TR-based services to a client in Vermont, will be readily able to locate and read the state licensure requirements for both states. New providers of TR will be able to locate experienced users, who have indicated their willingness to mentor others.

Site design will be based upon conversations, surveys and focus groups that include multiple disciplines and their professional organizations, consumers, industry representatives and practice sites. The site will be accessible and secure, and registration will be largely self-managed –guided by registration criteria and a rapid approval process. The project will be housed in the University of Pittsburgh’s University Library System in partnership with the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.

Specific aims

Background and rationale

Fully assessing the scope and nature of TR services in the United States is difficult because there is no comprehensive US directory or interactive network of TR services. Such a directory will be valuable to: consumers who receive and seek TR services; TR providers; prospective TR providers who seek mentoring concerning technology, state licensure requirements and other policy, clinical protocols, and reimbursement; policy-makers; business and industry; health providers who seek referral sources; media; and even local, state, and national government officials who are engaged in disaster planning. The planned directory will contain geographically relevant links to policy and state licensure, so that, for example, a practitioner in Maryland who wants to provide services in TR to clients in Alaska and Hawaii can readily read the state licensure requirements for these states. Site users will be able to identify peer sources of needed expertise via shared discipline, setting and/or technology. It is expected that the site will foster collaboration within and between disciplines, and between providers, industry, policy makers, and consumers.

 

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