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Author Whelan, Lynsay R. ♦ Wagner, Nathan
Source Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Content type Text
Publisher University Library System, University of Pittsburgh
File Format HTM / HTML
Date Created 2013-04-10
Copyright Year ©2011
Language English
Subject Domain (in LCC) R858-859.7
Subject Keyword Medical informatics ♦ Medicine ♦ Computer applications to medicine
Abstract While over 1.5 million individuals are living with limb loss <sup> </sup>in the United States (Ziegler-Graham et al., 2008), only 10% of these individuals have a loss that affects an upper limb.Coincident with the relatively low incidence of upper limb loss, is a shortage of the community-based prosthetic rehabilitation experts that can help prosthetic users to more fully integrate their devices into their daily routines.This article describes how expert prosthetists and occupational therapists at Touch Bionics, a manufacturer of advanced upper limb prosthetic devices, employ Voice over the Internet Protocol (VoIP) videoconferencing software telehealth technologies to engage in remote consultation with users of prosthetic devices and/or their local practitioners. The Touch Bionics staff provide follow-up expertise to local prosthetists, occupational therapists, and other health professionals. Contrasted with prior telephone-based consultations, the video-enabled approach provides enhanced capabilities to benefit persons with upper limb loss. Currently, the opportunities for Touch Bionics occupational therapists to fully engage in patient-based services delivered through telehealth technologies are significantly reduced by their need to obtain and maintain professional licenses in multiple states.
ISSN 19452020
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2011-12-01
e-ISSN 19452020
Journal International Journal of Telerehabilitation
Volume Number 3
Issue Number 2
Page Count 4
Starting Page 19
Ending Page 22

Source: Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)