Telepsychiatry Provides Mental Health Services to Those in Need

April 11, 2011, by nparker in Healthcare, Video Conferencing

According to a recent NY Times Podcast interview with executives from a telehealth company, people who require immediate psychiatric help are receiving it thanks to a telehealth service called telepsychiatry. A variety of health care organizations ranging from hospitals to community mental health centers that have difficulty finding person-to-person psychiatrists in their area use telepsychiatry to see patients they would otherwise not have had access to.

Telepsychiatry utilizes high definition video conferencing equipment and other immersive technology to create an intimate experience that can replicate a one-on-one consultation in a doctor’s office. Patients who are treated in this manner report that meeting with the doctor over video instead of in person is not a detriment to the quality of care received.

http://www.nytimes.com/ref/technology/techtalk.html?scp=2&sq=Telepsychiatry&st=Search

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