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MEET A MEMBER: Kyle Fahey, PT, IPTA Telehealth Workgroup Chair

Tuesday, February 6, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Matthew Nicholas
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MEET A MEMBER :Kyle Fahey, PT, Telehealth Workgroup Chair

The IPTA is proud of our fascinating and influential members who are working hard towards advancing the physical therapy profession.

IPTA's Telehealth Work Group is tasked with developing a compilation of resources specific to Illinois or that include interpretation of how utilization of telehealth could be applied in Illinois. In addition, they are working on a plan for developing and testing innovative uses of telehealth in Illinois.

Kyle Fahey, PT has been appointed to serve as Chair of the Telehealth Workgroup.

In getting to know Kyle a little more, we asked What inspired you to become a Physical Therapist?

Fahey: Growing up in a small town in southern Indiana, athletics were a high priority and science was not. However, at a young age I realized I loved both. I found studying the inner-workings of the human body in my biology and anatomy classes exciting and enjoyable. I also loved training and competing on the playing field. There was one physical therapist in town, he had a small private practice but was very involved and well respected in the community. When the time came to make a decision on a career path I felt inspired to blend my passions of sports, exercise, and study of the human body with the goal of having a positive impact on my community as a physical therapist.

Why is it important for the Telehealth workgroup to research and develop information for Members on how Telehealth can be utilized in Illinois?

Fahey: Technology is not only the future, but it is the present. Physical Therapists have begun integrating Telehealth into their practice to present and progress home exercise programs, provide patient education, and monitor activity. However, the next big step is to provide care via live video feed. This is already common practice with physicians, psychologists, counselors, and just recently Planned Parenthood began providing birth control counseling over secure video feed. Telehealth is a way to increase the accessibility and reach of Physical Therapists. It has the potential to improve patient compliance, decrease the cost of care, and increase the number of patients seeking physical therapy care.

Kyle, If you had the attention of all the Members, what message would you like to convey?

Fahey: Telehealth is just a way to supplement the care that we as Physical Therapists provide to our patients. It is a tool to add to our tool box with a very large potential. Shifting away from Telehealth, medical professional are feeling the impact of the opioid epidemic like never before. As physical therapists, increasing number of patients are seeking our help for a conservative approach to address their pain. I would like to encourage the members to expand their views on pain from a patho-anatomical model of pain to the biopsychosocial model. Realizing that pain is much more complex than tissue damage, but is a protective mechanism produced by the brain.

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