What is Tele-mental Health
Tele-mental health is online therapy through electronic means whereby the patient and clinician are in two different locations. Therapy session can occur through videoconferencing, phone calls, text messaging or emails. Tele-health is typically conducted through a HIPPA compliant video platform. This can be accessed on a computer, I-pad, or mobile device with a strong internet connection.
Do you need support, but can’t make it to an in-person appointment?
Are you a busy stay-at-home or working parent, and don’t have the time to drive across town for an appointment?
Do you live in a more rural area, or maybe you just prefer to just do things Virtually?
Are you home-bound due to physical or health limitations?
Do you want complete discretion, or just want to enjoy the comforts of attending your appointment from your home?
Tele-health allows us to provide counseling and therapy to our clients via live video conferencing. This can be done anywhere you have a computer or smartphone.
Our Tele-health solution allows you to schedule an appointment directly online and have the entire therapy session take place digitally. While you don’t need a video camera, we do recommend you use one. To learn more and get started with virtual therapy, please contact us today.
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History of Tele-psychiatry
The use of videoconferencing in psychiatry began during the 1950s:
- In 1959, the Nebraska Psychiatric Institute was using early videoconferencing to provide group therapy, long-term therapy, consultation-liaison psychiatry, and medical student training at the Nebraska state hospital in Norfolk.
- In 1969, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) provided psychiatric consultations of adults and children at a Logan International Airport health clinic. During the 1970s-80s it became increasingly common, expanding to most diagnostic and therapeutic interactions.
- By the 1990s, it spread further across the world, particularly in Australia, and research began on its ability to facilitate access to care, overcome geographical obstacles and how it compared to in-person care.
- By the 2000s, the field began to see it as effective, but slightly different, than in-person care, and research in outcome studies provided a platform for practice guidelines (e.g. the American Telemedicine Association). Its application to many cultures and international venues has been successful and the APA and ATA have helped to disseminate information to national organizations.
- Tele-psychiatry is equivalent to in-person care in diagnostic accuracy, treatment effectiveness, and patient satisfaction; it often saves time, money and other resources.
- Patient privacy and confidentiality issues parallel in-person care.
For more information please visit; https://americantelemed.org