Friday, September 1, 2023

♿ IMSPARK: IMAGINE... Telehealth Access for the Pacific Disabled Community ♿

 

♿ IMAGINE... Telehealth Access for the Pacific Disabled Community ♿

1.💡 Imagined Endstate: 

Imagine a future where telehealth becomes an accessible and accepted standard of care for individuals with disabilities, empowering them to receive quality healthcare services remotely

2. 🔗 Link:

(1): VA Elevating Telehealth Training, Improving Veteran Care

(2): Telehealth & Disability: Recommendations for Providers

3. 📚 Source:

a.      Clapper, J. (2023, July 12). VA elevating telehealth training, improving Veteran care.

b.     Telehealth Resource Center. (2021, September). Telehealth & Disability: Recommendations for Providers.

4.     💥What's the Big Deal:

Telehealth has the potential to improve healthcare access for vulnerable populations, including individuals with disabilities, but communication barriers hinder its full utilization. Around 61 million US adults have disabilities, necessitating improved telehealth strategies to cater to their unique needs. 🌐 Recommendations for providers include assessing necessary products and services, considering assistive technology compatibility, and incorporating accessibility features. Providers should also involve caregivers, enhance cultural sensitivity, and offer auxiliary aids like sign language interpreters and real-time translation services. ♿ Effective communication can be achieved through remote interpretation services, video-based appointments, and written materials in advance. In addition, organizations like the VA and the University of Hawaii are actively working to expand telehealth services in the Pacific, overcoming geographic isolation and limited resources to advance healthcare accessibility and equity.


                               #TelehealthAccess,#HealthAccess,#VeteransCare,#DigitalAccess,#DigitalInclusion, 

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