WHAT is teletherapy?
Put simply, it is the delivery of therapy using telecommunications and technology.
According to the Center for Connected Health Policy, “telemedicine means the delivery of medical services and any diagnosis, consultation, or treatment using interactive audio, interactive video, or interactive data communication.” Colorado Revised Statutes 12-36-102.5 (2012)
The American Telemedicine Association uses the broader term of telerehabilitation, to include services by speech-language pathologists.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) defines ‘telemedicine’ as “the provision of health services over a telecommunications network” and published a position statement in 2005 indicating that telemedicine IS appropriate for speech-language pathologists.
Other terms such as telehealth, e-care, telemedicine, telespeech, speech teletherapy may be used. What is important to remember is that they all refer to the same thing: the mode of service delivery.