From the editors' desk| Volume 97, ISSUE 9, P1403-1406, September 2016

Can eHealth Technology Enhance the Patient-Provider Relationship in Rehabilitation?

  • Sophia Wang
    Department of Psychiatry, Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN

    Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science, Indianapolis, IN

    Mental Health Service Line, Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN
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  • Dan Blazer
    Department of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences, Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center, Durham, NC

    Center for the Study of Aging, Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center, Durham, NC
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  • Helen Hoenig
    Corresponding author Helen Hoenig, MD, MPH, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center, 508 Fulton St, Durham, NC 27705.
    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service, Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center, Durham, NC

    Division of Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC
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Published:April 21, 2016DOI:
      Technology has a long history of use in rehabilitation, both for therapeutic interventions (eg, to provide various kinds of exercise or modalities such as ultrasound) and for remediating disability (eg, assistive technology and prosthetic limbs). However, the use of electronic technology is increasingly pervasive in the delivery of health care, including rehabilitation. The term eHealth refers to use of electronic technologies in health care, many of which fall under the broad category of Telehealth. The use of the term eHealth is rapidly evolving, but some eHealth technologies with potential relevance to rehabilitation include videoconferencing, store-and-forward imaging, mobile apps, sensor-based and Internet-based systems for data collection/communication, and algorithmic software to help interpret electronic data (eg, data in the electronic health record and sensor-based data).

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