The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted rehabilitation protocols. Around the world, telerehabilitation has gained increasing popularity, allowing clinicians to assess and treat patients virtually.  

In this Web Forum, experts from Scandinavia and the United States will present on the swift advancement of telerehabilitation during COVID-19, highlighting the feasibility, usability, effectiveness, and security of telerehabilitation for both patients and therapists across all specialties. Furthermore, our panelists will discuss sustainability and the future of telerehabilitation post-pandemic.  


Ingebjørg Irgens, MD-PRM

PhD Fellow

Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital, Norway, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Oslo

Oslo, Norway

Ingebjørg Irgens is a physician specializing in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine. She has been the CEO of the Norwegian PRM Association and is now a delegate in the UEMS- PRM Association. She also acts as a Sunnaas delegate for a reference group working on a project regarding digital home monitoring…

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Birthe Dinesen, PhD

Professor and Head, Laboratory of Welfare Technologies - Telehealth & Telerehabilitation

Aalborg University, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute

Aalborg, Denmark

Dr. Birthe Dinesen is a Professor and Head of Laboratory of Welfare Technologies - Telehealth and Telerehabilitation and Department of Health Science and Technology at Aalborg University in Denmark. Dr. Dinesen has been doing research within the field of telemedicine for more than 15 years, has published over 81 peer-reviewed…

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Mary Stilphen, PT, DPT

Senior Director, Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy

Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland, Ohio

Dr. Stilphen is the Senior Director for Cleveland Clinic Rehabilitation and Sports Therapy. Over the past 6 years, she led the integration and consolidation of rehabilitation services across a health system consisting of 9 hospitals, 47 outpatient therapy centers, and over 750 therapy professionals. This evolving re-engineering project includes the…

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Kathrine Rayce, PhD

Researcher, Centre for Innovative Technology (CIMT) and HTA consultant

Odense University Hospital

Odense, Denmark

Kathrine Rayce is a researcher at CIMT, Odense University Hospital in Denmark and researches in health technologies. Her focus is on the way patients, their partners, and health professionals experience the technologies as a part of their daily lives and practices. In addition, her focus is on how technologies mediate…

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Frederic Lievens, MSc

Vice Executive Director

International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth (ISfTeH)

Brussels, Belgium

Frederic is Vice Executive Director of the International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (ISfTeH), the international network of telemedicine/eHealth stakeholders, enhancing collaboration, partnership, and exchange of experience and good practice. The ISfTeH is a non-profit organization, registered in Basel, Switzerland and recognized as NGO in official relations with WHO (World…

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