Being in an emergency room is stressful for everyone involved and managing behavioral health patients in the ED poses many challenges. 1 in 4 Americans experience
mental illness each year and up to 15% of ED visits are related to psychiatric diagnoses.
Wait times for an available psychiatrist can be up to two days, leading to boarding the patient.
The top five challenges this presents are:
- Delayed Care
- Expertise Shortage
- Costly Resource Expenditures
- High Stress and Risks
Telepsychiatry can help ED's manage behavioral health patients in an easier, more timely, and cost-efficient way and greatly improve the experience and clinical outcomes for the patients while enhancing satisfaction for both patients and providers.