faculty member David M. Brienza, Ph.D. (pictured), and the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Telerehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences welcomed health and rehabilitation professionals and industry partners, government agency representatives, and consumers to attend the Virtual State-of-the-Science Conference on Telerehabilitation. Dr. Brienza, professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology (RST), served as the conference co-director. The conference, free of charge and offered entirely online, was held from 1 to 4 p.m. each day from Monday, Nov. 17 through Thursday, Nov. 20.
Telerehabilitation serves people with disabilities by researching and developing methods, systems, and technologies that support remote delivery of rehabilitation and home health care services for individuals who have limited local access to comprehensive medical rehabilitation outpatient and community-based services. This conference held live, interactive sessions on current issues related to telerehabilitation, including clinical and research applications, accessibility and usability, and policy issues.
Michael McCue, Ph.D., vice chair and associate professor, RST, and director of the Rehab Counseling Program, was a conference co-director along with Dr. Brienza. The RERC on Telerehabilitation was supported by a grant from the U.S. National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.
Illustration: McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences Media Relations News Release (11/05/08)
Virtual State-of-the-Science Conference on Telerehabilitation website
Center for Telehealth and E-Health Law
Bio: David M. Brienza, Ph.D.