What is Telepractice
Telepractice is the integration of telecommunications technology with therapy services at a distance by linking clinician to client/patient or clinician to other professionals for assessment, intervention, and/or consultation.
Telepractice venues include schools, medical centers, rehabilitation hospitals, community health centers, outpatient clinics, universities, clients'/patients' homes, residential health care facilities, childcare centers, and corporate settings. There are no inherent limits to where telepractice can be implemented, as long as the services comply with national, state, institutional, and professional regulations and policies (http://www.asha.org/Practice-Portal/Professional-Issues/Telepractice/).
Telepractice was approved by The American Speech-language-Hearing Association (ASHA) as an appropriate service delivery.
According to ASHA, "Telepractice may be used to overcome barriers of access to services caused by distance, unavailability of specialists and/or subspecialists, and impaired mobility” (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, “Speech-Language Pathologists Providing Clinical Services via Telepractice: Position Statement,” 2005). The use of telepractice does not remove any existing responsibilities in delivering services, including adherence to the Code of Ethics, Scope of Practice in Audiology and Scope of Practice in Speech-Language Pathology, state and federal laws (e.g., licensure, HIPAA), and ASHA policy (http://www.asha.org/Practice-Portal/Professional-Issues/Telepractice/).
Virtual Image complies with all of ASHA’s requirements along with federal and state laws and regulations. Our telepractice sessions use SSL encryption technology, which is currently used by a large number of health and educational institutions.