TELEPSYCHIATRY

Online Psychiatry Appointments

See an online psychiatrist, nurse practitioner, or therapist
from the comfort of your home, office, or anywhere you have an internet connection.

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TELEPSYCHIATRY

Online Psychiatry Appointments

See an online psychiatrist, nurse practitioner, or therapist from the comfort of your home, office, or anywhere you have an internet connection.

psychiatrist online

Telepsychiatry is the delivery of psychiatric treatment and therapy online, using live video on a desktop, tablet, or smart phone.


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Telepsychiatry is a mental health service that is private, convenient, effective, and meets the standard of care for traditional outpatient appointments – without the hassle of driving, parking, and waiting rooms.

It’s similar to Skype, but Skype is a consumer-grade video conference and telemedicine must be done over a HIPAA-secure platform to protect a patient’s privacy.


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If you look at the literature about telepsychiatry, you find that the effectiveness of care is equivalent to what would be measured face-to-face. Consumer acceptance and satisfaction with telepsychiatry is very strong, and one of the other things about virtual telehealth is that people can choose practitioners.

For example, I see clients from small communities who are sometimes in professional communities and they have a limited pool of practitioners available to them.

I think there is also a bit of a comfortable distance in that face‑to‑face encounter over technology that seems to be the data from young kids through seniors really established a very strong comfort level that with use of technology for conducting behavioral health services.


Telemedicine is the delivery of healthcare via technology

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Typically in behavioral health we’re referring to live interactive audio-visual communication by video conference.
Telepsychiatry is the delivery of behavioral health services over secure video conference.

The kinds of services that can be done are

  • general psychiatric services
  • assessment
  • diagnosis
  • medication management
  • psychotherapeutic counseling services.

For additional information, please review the TelePsychiatry Consent Form


What are the general differences between
traditional office-based appointments for
psychiatry and telepsychiatry?


In some ways there’s very little difference with established face‑to‑face communication over technology. It’s the same as if we were sitting across the room from one another.
The real difference is that via technology we’re able to reach patients at a distance, especially if they are able to communicate with people who might not otherwise have access or people who live distances will be able to receive services that otherwise they may have to drive several hours to obtain.

Is Online Psychiatry Growing in Popularity?

Yes, very much so. The technology has advanced so that it is much easier and less expensive to create a quality video link  whether it’s over cameras or over a HIPAA secure laptop via a web cam.  The availability of equipment is there.

There are a lot of different platforms that are available for delivering behavioral health services over technology and consumers are much more likely because they are using technology in so many aspects of their life to seek out and be comfortable with patient care.


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Available Help for Patients When It Is Needed Most

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Telehealth gives patients quicker access to care when it is needed. During a crisis waiting for an appointment days or weeks down the line is not necessarily an effective management of a patient’s condition.

However, telecare allows for patients to speak with a professional and seek treatment sooner rather than later which can lead to a higher likelihood of recovery. Oftentimes, patients may be able to secure an appointment the same day or even the next day.

Medical providers are able to expand their practice and provide care for more patients by implementing telehealth options into their current practice.


Maintain Connected to Medical Team



Telehealth allows providers to remain connected with their patients and provide high-quality care through technology using video and audio capabilities.

While not all ailments can be successfully addressed through a telehealth appointment, this service can be quite for routine follow-ups, minor illnesses, therapy sessions, and pre-screening for more serious issues that will require referrals for additional testing and further care within an office setting.

Patients can discuss their concerns with their doctors in a private and secure remote setting and receive further guidance on diagnosis, treatment, or next steps from their provider.

While there may be a short learning curve in the initial stages through the downloading of applications and use of technology; once users are able to get a feel for the telehealth system they will likely find it to be quite useful.


Telepsychiatry is an Effective Method for Diagnosis & Treatment



Many telehealth users may be skeptical at first of the effectiveness of visiting a provider remotely. However, with the access to video technology a telemedicine appointment can be very similar in nature to an in-person assessment. Oftentimes, a large part of a provider’s diagnosis is listening to patient concerns regarding ailments, struggles, or injuries.

Telehealth maintains that very important connection alive between the patient and provider and allows for medical professionals to make accurate diagnoses for minor ailments, develop a treatment plan, and refer the patient for further testing, imaging, or specialty care if needed.

In addition, patients can complete follow-up appointments regarding continued care or prescriptions through these telehealth options, which in turn save the patient the time and hassle of an in-person appointment.