Telehealth is the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, professional health-related education, public health, and health administration.
So how does this work for a patient? Well, for example, they have patients who live several hours away and normally would have to drive this long distance to Lincoln for a follow-up office visit. Some patients instead choose to go to a clinic near their home where they have Telehealth capability. At that site there is a private room set aside with a secure computer screen similar to a large flat-screen television. At the appointment time the patient talks with their Premier Psych Provider over this screen (think of Skype) for the visit just as if they were together in a room. Medications can be adjusted and new prescriptions written if needed just like when the patient is in Lincoln. The patient can have an appointment in Lincoln at any time instead if they wish.
Telemental health, telepsychiatry and online therapy are quickly changing fields with constant improvements to technology, encryption, security, HIPAA and HITECH compliance, reimbursements, state and federal laws, education and online practice guidelines. These updates will change rapidly, so bookmark or link to this page to check in from time to time to see what has improved. You can also sign up in the contact form to receive a monthly update.
If you need assistance choosing a system, setting up an online therapy network, obtaining referrals for online services, improving provider adoption, or avoiding common telemental health start-up mistakes, contact Behavioral Health Innovation. www.BehavioralHealthInnovation.com.
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