"Physical therapy is not a subspecialty of the medical profession and physical therapists are not medical doctors; we are a separate profession that provides a unique service that physicians are unable and untrained to provide."

Letter to the AMA from the APTA, Dec 2009

Monday, May 2, 2011

Connect Physical Therapists to Patients

Dr. Deborah Jefferies demonstrates PolyCom's Intelligent Core technology for remote patient connection at the American Telemedicine Association 2011 annual conference.



The patient is able to use their own computer to connect (privately) with their physical therapist or orthopedic surgeon in real time.

This technology has application for remote areas, like rural health care.

Dr. Jefferies also believes clinician education will be enhanced with the PolyCom technology by connecting academic centers of excellence to clinicians from around the world for virtual conferences and continuing education seminars.

1 comment:

  1. This is a great opportunity for other practitioners in the health environment, too. Even so you could do "video" using other applications the Polycom equipment guarantees you high quality and flexibility.

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