Clinicians are empowered and develop close relationships with their patients using ICP’s novel and innovative modality of telehealth, the Hospital-to-Home Telehealth Sessions™. Clinicians came up with the idea of having supplementary therapy sessions with patients in 1992, during an NIH funded study. Those sessions were used successfully with traumatic brain injury patients whose recovery had plateaued in conventional in-clinic based therapy. These individuals remained with substantial disabilities which left them dependent on caregivers for many of their everyday activities which formerly had been routine. It was the plight of these individuals, coupled with the complexity of their conditions, which attracted our interest.
A combination of four factors led to a rather rapid progress in the plateaued patients after beginning therapy, and which continued for some time. The factors were 1) therapists treating patients in their homes, 2) highly personalized computer software supporting therapy, 3) computers used by patients between therapy sessions, and 4) a therapy modality which encouraged patients to take a more active and engaged role in their recovery.
For therapists, Hospital-to-Home telehealth meant that they could see patients in their own environments. Therapists saw additional strengths in their patients that hadn’t revealed themselves even after several years of treatment. And therapists also saw deficits in patient’s functioning at home which hadn’t been apparent in the clinic. They also were able to learn more about their patient’s functioning during the day. All this gave the therapist more insight into the patient and their everyday life.
As a result, the therapists were able to develop treatment plans and to have a greater impact on everyday behavior and activities. Patients felt more open in discussing details of their lives, and how to fine tune clinical interventions. This helped to create a closer relationship with the patient, because the patient was able to better see and experience the value of the clinical encounters.
Treating patients via Hospital-to-Home telehealth has many advantages for therapists, but there are also disadvantages. For example, some aspects of in-clinic services involves “hands on” the patient. Clinicians have been able to develop alternatives for some of the “hands on” activities, but not all. And for some, but not all, diseases and conditions, and for some but not all situations, Hospital-to-Home telehealth delivers superior results to patients.
To learn more about Hospital-to-Home Telehealth Sessions™, please call us at 610-715-0400, orto email us.