Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

Speech and Language Services Using Telehealth Technology In Remote and Underserviced Areas

Author(s) ShawnaLee Margaret Jessiman
Volume 27
Number 1
Year 2003
Page(s) 45-51
Language English
Keywords telehealth
Abstract The use of telehealth technology was used to determine if it was a potentially effective and efficient method of providing speech and language services in remote and historically underserviced areas in northern Alberta. Speech and language assessments were completed on two school-aged children using both telehealth technology and in-person assessments to compare the sound quality and overall efficacy of the telehealth system. Several technological and logistical problems requiring modification were encountered both during the assessment and treatment services. Based on these problems and modifications, suggestions are made with regard to appropriate equipment, room set-up, personnel, client selection, and service delivery. Even given the difficulties experienced, the effectiveness of the telehealth technology appears promising.

La technologie de télésanté a été utilisée afin de déterminer si celle-ci peut constituer une méthode efficace et efficiente d’offrir des services orthophoniques en régions éloignées et généralement sous-desservies du nord de l’Alberta. Des évaluations orthophoniques ont été effectuées auprès de deux enfants d’âge scolaire en employant à la fois la technologie de télésanté et l’évaluation en personne afin de comparer la qualité audio et l’efficacité générale du système de télésanté. Plusieurs difficultés technologiques et logistiques nécessitant des correctifs ont été relevées pendant l’évaluation et le traitement. Compte tenu de ces problèmes et modifications, des suggestions ont été faites à l’égard de l’équipement approprié, de la disposition de la pièce, du personnel, de la sélection du client et de la prestation des services. En dépit des difficultés notées, l’efficacité de la technologie de télésanté semble prometteuse.
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