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UTHSC to Host Telerehabilitation Webinar

Dr. Hiremath

Just as social distancing stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the use of telemedicine, it has also focused attention on alternative methods for delivering rehabilitation services. The Division of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center will host a free Zoom webinar on telerehabilitation from 11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, June 17, to discuss the use of mobile-health-based physical activity intervention for individuals with spinal cord injury.

Shivayogi V. Hiremath, PhD, director of the Personal Health Informatics & Rehabilitation Engineering Lab at Temple University in Philadelphia, will be the guest speaker

The webinar will discuss telerehabilitation services that employ user-friendly, mobile applications to record a patient’s physical functioning and download it into a database that can be used by health professionals to manage a patient’s status. This real-time measurement of physical activity uses affordable and convenient wearable monitors, and allows for faster, continuous care for patients in need of rehabilitation services. It avoids hospitals or clinics, where patients may risk contracting disease or infecting others. The technology also enables more research on behavior and its relationship to health outcomes and may encourage a more-active lifestyle for those with spinal cord injury.

For more information and a link to access the webinar, please go to https://uthsc.edu/health-professions/covid-19/webinar/tele-rehabilitation.php. Advance registration is not required.

The Division of Rehabilitation Sciences is part of the Department of Diagnostic & Health Sciences in the College of Health Professions at UTHSC. This webinar is supported by the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health.