The Vision for Rehab.com
I am fortunate that my career has afforded me many diverse professional opportunities. I am a speech-language pathologist by training, but also serve as a senior clinical leader for a major rehab company. I am involved on many boards and associations in my industry, and I also serve as adjunct faculty of a well-respected institution of higher education.
These opportunities have given me a deep appreciation for the rich resources that exist within the rehab community, and the multiple channels that are available to our clinicians and patients to uncover this information.
In talking to colleagues, we saw a need to develop a “one-stop shop” for clinicians, patients and anyone involved in the clinical process of rehabilitation.
That’s when the concept of Rehab.com was born.
Rehab.com gave us an exciting opportunity to provide a meaningful and tangible resource for the rehab community. The vision of the site involves harnessing information from leading sources into a single site targeted to the rehab needs of the adult/geriatric population.
And throughout the planning process, the planning team kept coming back to the same phrase: Knowledge is power.
The goal of Rehab.com is twofold. First, we set out to build a community for clinicians, where physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, therapy assistants and students could go for discipline-specific information and cross-disciplinary resources. We saw no need to compete with existing websites, but rather we wanted to amass their best information and to direct users back to source sites. We wanted to empower our clinicians to expand their practice and continue to seek out education, because knowledge is power.
Second, we sought to build a community of patients, empowering them to better understand their medical conditions, and directing them to resources that could help their recovery process. Through rehab.com, we also sought to empower caregivers to become part of the diagnostic and therapeutic process for patients. In today’s healthcare environment, patients and caregivers are consumers, and they need to be armed with information in order to advocate for the best possible care and avail themselves of appropriate resources. Again, knowledge is power.
I’m excited about how our vision has come to fruition, and that we’ve provided a place for rehab therapists and patients alike to build their own communities in order to discuss and discover new information. I’m enthusiastic about the contributions that rehab.com will make to the community, serving as a gateway of rich resources for multiple audiences.
But we’re not finished yet. Now that we’ve launched, our vision continues to evolve.
In the near future, we expect to provide free on-line continuing education to clinicians, partnering with major universities to provide timely and relevant content.
Because we know as well as you… knowledge is power.
In good health,
Garry Pezzano, MS/CCC-SLP
Chief Clinical Officer, Rehab.com