Tele-psych is a method of interaction for a psychiatric visit using real-time video-conferencing technology rather than an office-based consultation. The client and psychiatrist are at two separate locations and log into a video-conference over the computer. People seek psychiatric help for a multitude of reasons. The problems can be sudden, such as a panic attack, frightening hallucinations, thoughts of suicide, or hearing “voices.” These problems may even be long-term, such as feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or anxiousness that never seem to lift or problems of functioning, causing everyday life to feel distorted or out of control.
Lifesize services ensure that the interaction between client and psychiatrist complies with the Health Insurance Portability andAccountability Act (HIPAA). The video conferencing platform ensures confidentiality by encryption of all forms of data (audio + video + file sharing). Additionally, the client or mental health facility will be guided on how to enhance security of protected health information (PHI) during a psychiatric interaction via tele-psych.
Tele-psych forms an effective way to conduct psychiatric evaluations and treatment, in situations where onsite interaction is not available or inconvenient. Research shows that there is no difference in clinical outcomes between face-to-face and tele-psych consultations. It is especially convenient for those who are unable to find the time to make an office visit, or in remote areas where there is a shortage of psychiatrists. Medicaid covers most states for tele-psych. Check with your insurance company about coverage for tele-psych services.
A few of the many common psychiatric conditions that we treat here are:
Psychiatrists commonly work with a health counselor or a social worker when they treat a patient. In a patient’s first meeting, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) will meet and work with them by encouraging the client to discuss their emotions and experiences. Following their meeting, the LMHC will examine these issues and determine if a psychiatry consultation is the next option.
A psychiatrist’s consult with the patient is similar to that of the LMHC, however the psychiatrist provides a diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan based on their requirements. Here at TelePsych For You our psychiatrists and mental health counselor work together to get a clearer picture of you in order to give you the best service possible.
There is now a wide range of treatments available for patients. A few of these treatments include:
The information used above was gathered from the American Psychiatric Association. For more information, please visit their website: https://www.psychiatry.org/