Informatics Research Seminar: Using Teleheath Technology for Rehabilitation (Helen Hoenig, MD)

March 21 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm


Speaker: Helen Hoenig, MD
Presented from Duke University

Broadcast Link: Seminar



Telehealth is an increasingly common way of delivering health care. Telehealth is comprised of diverse technologies that allow health care to be provided in situations where distance separates those receiving services from those providing services. Telehealth allows patients to receive care conveniently close to home, improves access to specialty care, and can provide unique insight into social and environmental contextual factors that may influence response to therapeutic interventions. However, use of teletechnology brings with it substantive challenges that must be met to provide high quality health care. The challenges are both psychological and technological to ensure that both patients and providers are comfortable and adept at using equipment, to ensure the equipment correctly ascertains the needed health information (visual, audio, data), and that privacy needs are met both for health information acquisition and transmission. This talk will provide an overview of telehealth technologies as applied to physical rehabilitation, the evidence for their efficacy, current challenges and directions for future development.


Dr. Hoenig is a professor in medicine/geriatrics at Duke University Medical Center and chief of Durham VA Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service. Dr. Hoenig received her degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Puget Sound, her medical degree from the University of Arizona, and her degree in Public Health/Epidemiology from University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). She trained in Internal Medicine at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, New York; she completed a geriatrics fellowship at UCLA, followed by a fellowship in health services research. Dr. Hoenig’s research examines the effect of different ways to adapt and compensate for physical limitations, along with studying how to best provide rehabilitation services to help elders cope with disability. She is particularly interested in use of technology both to enhance functional outcomes (e.g., mobility aids) and to optimize delivery of rehabilitation services (e.g., tele-technology).