Models of Telemental Health

Models of Telemental Health

Telemental health services are delivered in a range of settings to patients with varying degrees of mental illness. Whether it be hospitals, assisted living homes, primary care physician offices or even patient homes, telemental health services can be integrated into most, if not all, clinical practice systems. Aside from clinical settings, patients can access care right from their homes with direct to consumer platforms that function as virtual provider offices. 

The following is a description of two types of telemental healthcare: the clinic-clinic model and the clinic-home model.

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Different Telepsych Clinics, Similar Benefits

Different Telepsych Clinics, Similar Benefits

Emergency Departments, Psychiatric Hospitals, and Community Health Centers all function as vital piece of our country’s healthcare system. Despite being dramatically different from one another, a common thread is that they all benefit from telepsychiatry. This post highlights some of the commonly echoed themes from each of these facility types.

 

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The Future of Psychiatry is Online

The Future of Psychiatry is Online

We live in a world where technology is ubiquitous. Most industries have adapted to how tech-driven the Western consumer landscape is by offering their products or services online.

The advantages of integrating technology use into any service provider space are endless as it expands reach and increases ease of accessibility and service use. The behavioral health sector is necessarily following suit as telepsychiatry platforms are growing in number and the demand for these services is on the rise.

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Top 5 Challenges in Managing Psychiatry in the ED And How to Overcome Them

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:

  1. Delayed Care
  2. Expertise Shortage
  3. Overcrowding
  4. Costly Resource Expenditures
  5. 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.

Click here to learn how you can use telepsychiatry to overcome the challenges of managing psychiatry through the ED.