Videoconferencing is an excellent way for psychiatrists to see patients from diverse locations. Providing health care through technology can include evaluations, therapy, and medication management.

The Many Benefits of Telemedicine and Psychiatric Treatment

Live interactive communication is being widely used in the mental health field. Video-based telepsychiatry is affordable, convenient and a mental health service that is readily accessible. Patients benefit in many ways.

Finding appropriate psychiatric treatment in many areas can sometimes be difficult, especially in rural regions. Telemedicine can help those suffering from bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety, and a range of other mental health needs. Technology helps bring care to the patient’s location.

Studies have found that telemedicine reduces the need for trips to the emergency room by 6.7 percent.[1] It avoids unnecessary delays in care as well as time off work and driving to and from an appointment. When dealing with mental health issues, telemedicine reduces the barrier of stigma.

Telemedicine is the House Call of the Future

Telemedicine schools across the country are assisting medical facilities and those in private practice in setting up treatment for those with diabetes, dermatology issues, psychiatric treatment and other medical needs. These schools also make medical practitioners aware of related telehealth emergency laws.

House calls were a common practice throughout history. However, they peaked during the 19th and 20th centuries.[2] By the 1980s, they fizzled out. Consequently, using electronics is the health care industry moving forward, and it’s allowing patients to see a doctor in their home and at their convenience.

Evidence for Effectiveness

There is substantial evidence regarding the effectiveness of medical care management via video conferencing. The satisfaction rating among patients is high. Many people feel less inhibited because they are talking to someone on a computer monitor. A brief study found that 64 percent of people are in favor of telemedicine. Plus, seeing patients through technology can save companies $6 billion a year.[3]

The confidentiality and privacy that a patient receives are equivalent to in-person care. In some instances where the patient has physical limitations, remote treatment is particularly useful.

Telehealth is a cost-effective way to see patients when an increase in physician shortages prevents on-site appointments. It allows health facilities to expand their reach and is convenient for those who live outside city centers or who are housebound. It can increase patient engagement, provide a better quality of care and give more convenient specialist access.

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