What is telepsychiatry?

Telepsychiatry is the delivery of psychiatric care remotely using technology, usually through videoconferencing platforms. It can involve mental health evaluations, therapy, medication management, and patient education. Telepsychiatry is the fastest growing sector of the telemedicine and is the future of mental health care.

Telepsychiatry is a form of telemedicine that generally refers to the delivery of psychiatric assessment and care via telecommunication, typically using videoconferencing software. The practice of telepsychiatry has been in development since well before the pandemic quarantines, as an effort to account for the millions of Americans who suffer from mental illnesses but are unable to get proper psychiatric care.

Telepsychiatry brings mental health care to individuals who are unable to see a medical professional in person for any of a variety of reasons, including the cost and availability of travel, incarceration, or contagion. Now, with shelter orders and quarantines keeping medical offices closed and people restricted to their homes, telepsychiatry provides a promising alternative to in-person psychiatric care.

Last updated on 19th July 2020

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