How Does Telehealth Work for SLPs
Telehealth is a great way to offer clients seamless care through secure video calls, but it also encompasses more aspects of healthcare, like note-taking and other administrative functions. If you’re an SLP who offers telehealth therapy services, you can work on activities with your clients at the same time with screen sharing and share resources and materials for further learning.
The Benefits of Telehealth
One of the main benefits of telehealth is that it expands access to care for people who need it most. It makes it easier for clients in rural communities to access specialists, or for those who live far from their provider’s office to continue to see them. With telehealth therapy, distance and travel time or expenses are less of a barrier to the care clients need.
But offering telehealth services also makes care more accessible even for clients who live close by to your office. If you work with children in your SLP private practice, telehealth therapy might make it easier for parents to schedule appointments without having to factor in a commute. Or if you work with more elderly clients who have trouble leaving the house, telehealth therapy still allows them to get the care they need.
Telehealth also allows for quicker delivery of care. There’s no travel time, no waiting room, and no delays in between appointments. You can do quicker check-ins with clients, and see them more often if needed.
Another big benefit of telehealth is it reduces your overhead cost for your practice, and can increase your revenue as well. You can offer telehealth services without needing to rent an office space, pay utilities for your office, or pay for transportation to and from the office or a client’s home.
Similarly, it cuts the cost for your clients. They don’t need to pay for transportation or parking to bring their child to a telehealth therapy appointment. It can also reduce no-shows in your practice, as there are fewer obstacles for your clients to make it to their appointments.
How Telehealth Improves SLP Private Practice Management
When your SLP private practice is set up for telehealth services, you can easily offer continuation of care from anywhere. You and your clients can both join your telehealth therapy appointment from anywhere and from any device. So even if you’re not at your desk or your client’s on the move, you can still offer them the best care.
Plus, you can still share exercises, worksheets, and other resources with your clients with a platform that offers screen sharing abilities. That way, you and your clients can work on the same document or activity at the same time.
SimplePractice Telehealth allows you to share your entire desktop or just one window of an application. As you figure out which configuration works best for you and your clients, you can share videos and worksheets for articulation assistance with young clients, or videos to help your older clients who may struggle with swallowing.