The Ultimate Guide to Telepsychiatry

Ask us anything telemental health, telepsychiatry & Orbit Health's services for healthcare organizations.

What's the standard of care for telepsychiatry, compared to in-person care?

Telehealth is increasingly being adopted by providers, patients, hospitals, and clinics as a great way of providing access to much needed healthcare. But, there can be some uncertainty around what "standard of care" should apply.

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How do you prescribe long-acting injectables via telepsychiatry?

Prescribing long-acting injectables (LAI) is similar to that of prescribing any medication — determine the dose, frequency, and applicable dispensing location. We cover Injection Center networks, pharmacy capabilities, and examples of health systems that offer long-acting injectables.

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Does working for the federal government allow you to see patients via telepsychiatry, wherever you are?

While there are no absolute contraindications to patients being assessed or treated using telemental health, you have to check with your supervisor — and any applicable administrative rules and trainings — for these rules.

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Can you get reimbursements for video devices for patients who don't have a computer or smartphone?

Getting reimbursements for video devices vary depending on your work setting. Look to your workplace's patient support services, local and state government funding programs, and federally-supported services.

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Has research been done to prove forensic telepsychiatry works? What’s the evidence base?

Yes, telepsychiatry has been comparable to in-person care among inmates in jail, prison, and correctional facilities. Video visits with telepsychiatric evaluations are used used to treat inmates with a variety of psychiatric illness in a range of severity, including severe mental illness.

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Has research been done to prove telepsychiatry works? What’s the evidence base?

Yes, telepsychiatry is comparable to in-person visits. In fact, studies have shown that telepsychiatry is effective for diagnosing mental disorders across ages — children, adults, and the elderly — and across ethnicities.

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Has research been done to prove child & adolescent telepsychiatry works? What’s the evidence base?

Yes, children, adolescents, and families can benefit from telepsychiatry. In a variety of mental health conditions such as ADHD, autism, and OCD, studies have indicated that video visits are useful in accessing psychiatric specialists and improving symptoms.

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