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NCHAM: National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management, Utah State University

Last Modified: 07/11/2013

Telehealth and EHDI Systems

What is "Telehealth"

a telehealth session, the child and mom communicating with a health professional with their TV

Telehealth is the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration. http://www.hrsa.gov/telehealth/

What are some examples of Telehealth technologies?

Technologies used in telehealth typically are: videoconferencing, the Internet, store-and-forward imaging, streaming media, and terrestrial and wireless communications.

What is “Telepractice?”

Telepractice encompasses a broader range of services. Groups such as the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) define telepractice as "the application of telecommunications technology to delivery of professional services at a distance by linking clinician to client, or clinician to clinician, for assessment, intervention, and/or consultation." Telepractice is used to provide services such as speech/language therapies and early intervention services, particularly to families who live far from specialists.

How are EHDI systems involved in Telehealth or Telepractice?

An NCHAM survey completed by 48 states and 4 territories in August/September of 2010 revealed:

  • 42% had some telehealth efforts underway or planned
  • Telehealth services were primarily Diagnostic ABR’s
  • Telepractice services were primarily early intervention and communication-related therapies
  • Learn more about the 2010 Telehealth Survey [PDF]

What are some examples of EHDI systems efforts?

The Tele-intervention Resource Guide highlights recommended practices for providing early intervention services to families of infants and toddlers with hearing loss via distance technologies. Based on the work of six pioneering early intervention programs, the guide offers important information about technology considerations, licensure and reimbursement, as well as how to ensure privacy and security.

Resources

Telehealth Resource Centers

Telehealth Resource Centers (TRCs) assist organizations, providers and communities in implementing cost effective and sustainable telehealth programs. TRCs are HRSA- designated focal points for information and resources to advance the use of telehealth, including issues regarding reimbursement. The Telehealth Resource Centers are supported by grants from the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth.

You can also contact any of the regional centers listed below:

Telehealth Adoption Toolbox Modules

The Telehealth Adoption Toolbox has been developed by the Telehealth Resource Centers, compiling a range of resources relevant to all stages of planning, executing, and evaluating the implementation of telehealth. In addition, they have included publicly available resources as well as resources developed by Health Resources and Services Administration explicitly for this toolbox.

American Speech‐Language‐Hearing Association

American Telemedicine Association

HRSA's Office for the Advancement of Telehealth

HRSA works to increase and improve the use of telehealth to meet the needs of underserved people via this federal office.

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