The word “telehealth” refers to any type of health care that is provided remotely; it’s sometimes called “telemedicine” as well. Patients connect with their qualified health care providers over the internet through secure software, rather than going to the provider’s office.
In mental health care, there are two types of telehealth: teletherapy and telepsychiatry. Mental health care providers can give much of the same assistance through telemedicine as they can in-person. Our providers all offer telehealth in addition to their in-person options.
What are the Benefits of Telehealth?
First and foremost, telemedicine works in mental health care at least as well as in-person appointments. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry published research that found that there was no significant difference in patient outcomes when comparing in-person and telepsychiatry appointments. Similar findings have proven that teletherapy is as effective as in-person talk therapy.
In addition to being effective, telehealth for mental health can provide a number of important benefits. Patients no longer need to leave their busy homes or workplaces in order to get the care they need. Furthermore, patients can get care even if they are feeling ill or are out of town. Finally, telehealth increases access to mental health services. People who live in areas with few mental health resources can use telemedicine to get mental health care from providers across their states.
What Do I Need to Use Telehealth Services?
If you book a telehealth appointment with us, be sure you have access to the following:
- A private space where you can talk freely
- An internet-connected device (computer, tablet, smart phone, etc.)
- High-speed internet
Our office will provide you with access to secure, safe video conferencing software. This program is compliant with health care privacy laws and encrypts all the data used in each session.