The American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) defines telepractice (the act of providing Telehealth services) as "the application of telecommunications technology to delivery of professional services at a distance by linking clinician to client, or clinician to clinician, for assessment, intervention, and/or consultation."
This service delivery model is supported by the Ohio Speech and Hearing Professionals Board and the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA Telepractice is viewed as a mode of delivery of health care services, not a separate form of practice. There are no legal prohibitions to using technology in the practice of speech language pathology, as long as, the practice is done by a Ohio licensed practitioner. The standard of care is the same whether the patient is seen in-person, through telehealth (telepractice) or by other methods of electronically enabled health care.
UpWords Speech Therapy Services, LLC (UpWords Speech) offers telepractice speech therapy services through the live interactive video conferencing software platform Theranest. Our client will be provided with a link in order to connect over the internet. The speech therapist will then admit the client to the meeting when services are ready to be provided. The practitioner and the client will then be able to see and hear each other in real time. The therapist is able to perform diagnostic assessments and provide treatment. The Theranest platform meets HIPAA standards. This is in place to protect the confidentiality of patient identification and data and protect against intentional or unintentional corruption.
1. I understand that “telepractice” includes diagnosis and treatment using interactive audio, video, or data communications. I understand that telepractice also involves the communication of my medical information, both orally and visually.
2. I understand that the standard of care is the same whether the patient is seen in-person or through telepractice and that I will be notified immediately if it is determined that this delivery model is not appropriate for a patient.
3. I have the right to withhold or withdraw consent to participate in telepractice at any time without it affecting my right to future care or treatment but that the care or treatment may not be available through UpWords Speech.
4. I understand that healthcare information may be shared with other individuals for the purposes of scheduling, billing, and in implementing a patient’s plan of care and that these individuals involved will at all times maintain confidentiality of the information obtained and the laws that protect privacy and confidentiality of medical information equally apply to telepractice.
5. I understand that I am responsible for providing the necessary computer, telecommunications equipment (camera and microphone) and internet access for my telepractice sessions.