Telehealth and the Treatment of Voice Disorders: A Discussion Regarding Evidence Telehealth is becoming a major component of healthcare delivery and consumption. Although it has a substantial history internationally and within certain U.S. health sectors (e.g., military, transport medicine, home health care), widespread application to broader populations of U.S. health care consumers has taken place within only the last decade. Telehealth ... Article
Article  |   November 01, 2013
Telehealth and the Treatment of Voice Disorders: A Discussion Regarding Evidence
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  • Lisa Kelchner
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Telepractice & Computer-Based Approaches / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Articles
Article   |   November 01, 2013
Telehealth and the Treatment of Voice Disorders: A Discussion Regarding Evidence
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, November 2013, Vol. 23, 88-94. doi:10.1044/vvd23.3.88
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, November 2013, Vol. 23, 88-94. doi:10.1044/vvd23.3.88

Telehealth is becoming a major component of healthcare delivery and consumption. Although it has a substantial history internationally and within certain U.S. health sectors (e.g., military, transport medicine, home health care), widespread application to broader populations of U.S. health care consumers has taken place within only the last decade. Telehealth permits increased access to care, particularly for rural and underserved populations (Mashima & Doarn, 2008). Additional benefits include improved convenience, reduced healthcare costs, and greater opportunity for supported self-management in the patient’s own environment. Moreover, given the use of technology to manage all other aspects of personal life, the health care consumer should expect that medicine and allied health will make progress toward adapting their traditional models of care to more effective and efficient methods.

Acknowledgements
The project described in this article is funded by AHRQ: 1R21 HS21781-01. I would like to thank the tireless efforts of the UC CCHMC Pediatric Voice Telehealth Team: Casey Stewart Keck, M.A., Dimitar Deliyski, Ph.D., Chuck Doarn, MBA, Stephanie Zacharias, Ph.D., Janet Beckmeyer, M.A., Alessandro de Alarcon, M.D. MPH, Meredith Tabangin, MPH., Diane Phillips, and the CCHMC Departments of Bioinformatics, Information Services and Speech Pathology.
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