Audiology Issues: A Perspective on Telepractices in Communication Disorders The area of telepractices in communication disorders is one of emerging technology, opportunities, and challenges. Emerging technology, such as developing video and Web-based systems, as well as hardware applications to existing equipment, has broadened the capabilities and thus opportunities to serve patients in a different manner. However, with this ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2003
Audiology Issues: A Perspective on Telepractices in Communication Disorders
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Saravanan Elangovan
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
  • Gregg D. Givens
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
  • Rose AllenColumn Editor
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Hearing Disorders / Professional Issues & Training / Language Disorders / Audiology Issues
Article   |   October 01, 2003
Audiology Issues: A Perspective on Telepractices in Communication Disorders
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2003, Vol. 13, 5-7. doi:10.1044/aas13.3.5
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, October 2003, Vol. 13, 5-7. doi:10.1044/aas13.3.5
The area of telepractices in communication disorders is one of emerging technology, opportunities, and challenges. Emerging technology, such as developing video and Web-based systems, as well as hardware applications to existing equipment, has broadened the capabilities and thus opportunities to serve patients in a different manner. However, with this development some interesting concerns arise relative to professional practices.
ASHA recognized the potential of telehealth practices and directed a team to investigate its current status and probe for prospective directions within the field of communication disorders (ASHA, 2001). The team coined the term “telepractices” to encompass both the delivery of clinical services and the provision of health-related information. Telepractices has been broadly defined as “the application of technology to deliver health services at a distance by linking clinician and patient or clinician and clinician to provide any or all of the following: (a) training, counseling, education; (b) assessment—establishing patient status; (c) intervention—treatment/management, and to provide remote support and training of practitioners” (ASHA, 2001, p. 1). The report from the ASHA telehealth team emphasized the need for ASHA and its members “to improve their use of Web-based and advanced technology to enhance the provision of personnel preparation, provision of clinical services including telepractices and program administration” (ASHA, 2001, p. 1).
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