Dr. Michel Tousignant, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC

Providing in-home telehealth services is challenging from a technical and clinical point of view. From a technical level, many considerations need to be addressed to enable the use of such a system including providing video and audio communication over a standard residential high-speed Internet link, developing software to support clinical assessment and rehabilitation, and packaging software and hardware components such that in-home installation is as unobtrusive as possible. From a clinical point of view, the technology needs to be simple to use, reliable, well integrated, and have an added value over standard clinical approach.

ESTRAD, the team specialized in in-home telerehabilitation at the Research Centre on Aging in Sherbrooke, had to address those requirements in various projects. Barriers and facilitators that emerged from their experience will be discussed in this presentation.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Discuss the choice of technical solution for telerehabilitation;
  • Know more about barriers and facilitators on implementing telerehabilitation; and
  • Take into consideration barriers and facilitators in the decision to implement telerehabilitation.