Technology is increasingly impacting the way that people work. Physiotherapy is no exception. While some of us may have entered the profession with a desire to “work with people, not computers,” even those who are reluctant to use technology are finding it increasingly difficult to avoid. Meanwhile, physiotherapists who are eager technology adopters see endless possibilities, with new tools and applications emerging daily.
The remote delivery of physiotherapy services using electronic communication technologies is becoming increasingly prevalent. The use of these technologies enables increased access to physiotherapy services for individuals living in rural and remote areas. It also enables access to providers with unique skills for all physiotherapy patients, regardless of where the patient or provider are physically located. The proportion of physiotherapists living in urban areas is greater than the proportion of the general population living in urban settings, and there are challenges in recruiting physiotherapists and other health professionals to work in rural and remote areas. The use of telerehabilitation provides an innovative means to match providers to patients and address this disparity.