How do you solve the problem of delivering speech-language therapy to stroke patients in northern Manitoba who are spread over 324,000 square kilometres in a region that does not currently have a full-time adult speech-language pathologist? The answer comes in the form of a partnership between the Burntwood Regional Health Authority, SpeechWorks Inc., MBTelehealth and the Manitoba Patient Access Network (MPAN). The $157,000 project, funded by Manitoba Patient Access Network, demonstrates that speech therapy delivered via telehealth and using iPads can be just as effective as in-person visits.
iPads have been tailored to fit each individual patient’s needs. The iPad has helped people regain organizational skills and reduce depression and anger associated with the inability to communicate. The region is very excited to see this project become part of a sustainable Stroke Strategy.