Teletherapy is a convenient way for healthcare providers and patients to interact without the need to be physically present. You can provide care topatients without leaving your home. With the right technology, patients who live in remote areas or who have transportation or scheduling challenges can gain access to quality care. How does it work?
How Does Teletherapy Work?
Teletherapy uses technology to allow you to communicate with and treat patients from a distance. Instead of patients coming to your office or you visiting them at a specific location, you can communicate online—usually through a video chat that allows you to see and hear your patients.
You and your patients need to prepare to help make teletherapy effective. The right technology and environment, and patient education are needed.
Get the Right Technology
It starts with the right equipment for video conferencing. Before you accept a teletherapy assignment, ensure you have the following technology:
Fast and secure internet connection – Without it, your video chats can freeze, be delayed or drop completely. Interruptions decrease the effectiveness of therapy sessions.
High-resolution webcam– If your computer doesn’t have a high-resolution web cam, you can purchase one to attach to it. This ensures you can clearly see your patients, their facial expressions and their surroundings.
High-quality audio output and input– You need to clearly hear and understand what your patients are saying. If the audio equipment on your computer is substandard, communication breakdowns will be common.
HIPPA-compliant software – Ensure your video-communication software is HIPPA compliant and keeps your communication secure and confidential.
Educate Your Patients
Ensure your patients understand what’s required to have effective teletherapy sessions. They need the same equipment you do for quality videoconferencing. Discuss what is required during video conferencing to help you have productive therapy sessions.
Ensure the Environment Is Right
You need a confidential, dedicated space for teletherapy. If you’re working from home, noise or sights from family members, pets, or anything else around the house can be distracting. It can also make the patient feel that their sessions with you are not confidential.
How to Become a Teletherapist
At CCTC – Allied, our recruiters will partner with you and help you find teletherapy assignments. You’ll enjoy the benefits of working from home and have the satisfaction of providing quality care to patients in need. Contact us today to get started.