MedRisk Publishes New White Paper on Telerehabilitation in Workers’ Compensation

MedRisk has published “Telerehabilitation & the Injured Worker: A Practical Guide,” a white paper that explores physical therapy in the age of telemedicine and its practical application for the workers’ compensation industry.

We’re told that the white paper examines the use of telerehabilitation for musculoskeletal injuries. Video conferencing, virtual home-exercise supervision and remote patient monitoring can be used to supplement traditional in-clinic care. Telerehabilitation is especially helpful for injured employees who live in rural areas, those who need a specialist or bilingual physical therapist, and for those who travel frequently for work.

“Physical therapy is often prescribed for three sessions per week for four to six weeks. That can involve a lot of time, travel and planning for the patient as well as transportation costs for the employer,” said Mary O’Donoghue, MedRisk’s Chief Clinical and Product Officer.

Telerehabilitation offers convenience as well as savings, and that convenience can lead to greater compliance with treatment. “Patients can spend more time performing the exercises and less time commuting to the clinic,” O’Donoghue said.

The white paper discusses how to determine if an injured employee is a good candidate for telerehabilitation, the type of technology involved, and the various ways that a telerehabilitation appointment can increase patient engagement and satisfaction. It also presents recent research results on telerehabilitation outcomes.

The free white paper is available here.

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