What is telepsychiatry?
Telepsychiatry provides access to advanced mental health services in areas where they are nonexistent or in short supply, such as rural communities. Doctors and patients connect through the use of a webcam, personal computer, and video-based software. Though it is an electronic means of communication, telepsychiatry is similar in scope to an in-person office visit.
Telepsychiatry addresses a tremendous need for mental health services in our communities. It not only provides increased access to mental health services, but does so in a convenient and readily accessible way for patients. Additionally, improved access to mental health services, especially for youth, was a “significant local need” identified in our 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment. The assessment is done every three years to identify the community’s primary health needs and to develop a plan to address them.
What do psychiatrists do?
Psychiatrists can address a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress. They are medical doctors who can also prescribe medicine.