Teleservice Providers Bring Speech Therapy to Patients in Need

by VocoVision on October 28, 2016

teleservice providersThe need for speech therapy in schools is far greater than the number of therapists available. This is especially true in rural school districts that have a greater number of students spread out over a wide geographical area. It can be difficult if not impossible to provide adequate services for these students in a face to face setting. If you haven’t heard of teleservice or teletherapy by now, it’s a vast part of healthcare technology advancements and growth. 

Teleservice

Teleservices for speech therapy are provided by a trained speech pathologist who is connected to their patient via an internet connection. Typically, an online video platform is used so that the therapist and client are able to see and interact with one another in a way similar to an office setting. As technology has improved, the potential for this type of service delivery has increased as well.

One of the main benefits for school districts is the ability to have a therapist in one location work with students throughout the district. This eliminates commute time which has in many cases been prohibitive. It also opens up the possibility of outsourcing to a company that specializes in speech therapy via a teleservice medium.

VocoVision

One such service is VocoVision, a staffing firm that has partnered with schools and patients at home across the country.  This is providing greater scheduling flexibility for schools, students, and therapists. Their platform allows sessions to be completed with an online login and any smart device with a strong internet connection and webcam.

This is exciting news for patients with speech and language disorders and for those who are interested in working in the field. It means speech therapists can live in the areas they prefer without it negatively effecting their ability to  interact with a large and diverse population. It is possible that in the future, speech therapists will be able to use their office as a communication hub and interact with the majority of their patients in a virtual setting.

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