Leading Rehabilitation Providers Partner in Key Telehealth Research Study in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --A Brooks Rehabilitation is pleased to announce the launch of an essential research study that will advance the use of telehealth for rehabilitation in response to public health crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Partners Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital and Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital complete the team of leading rehabilitation providers supporting the creation and deployment of the study, with the goal to obtain vital data and feedback that will be used to shape the future of telehealth for patients and providers.
Leading Rehabilitation Providers Partner in Key Telehealth Research Study in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
COVID-19 has been a catalyst to many changes in healthcare, including the expansion of telehealth in rehabilitation."This virus has been a catalyst to many changes in all of healthcare, including the expansion of virtual visits via telehealth. The study will focus on the experiences of rehabilitation patients and providers during the pandemic and will further inform how telehealth rehab services are performed in the future," said Dr. Raine Osborne, Director of Research at Brooks RehabilitationA and study co-principal investigator.Without the ability to treat patients in person, the continuity of patient care has been put at risk. Rehabilitation professionals express concern over the loss of vital touch points needed to facilitate patient treatment and progress, as barriers like a lack of appropriate technology or access to telehealth portals prove to be immediate hurdles. Historically, telehealth has hit a myriad of roadblocks due to regulatory and reimbursement issues. The pandemic has pushed through the necessity for innovation in patient care via virtual platforms, and this timely study will provide insight into the widespread, vital changes needed in order to continue to advance rehabilitation care."Many previously perceived barriers of telehealth have become invalidated, and patients and providers are seeing benefits of these services. Virtual services will continue to become an expectation of innovative healthcare and provide consumers with the access and convenience that they are looking for from their healthcare services," said Emily Rumery, OTD and Virtual Services Coordinator for Madonna Rehabilitation Hospitals.
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