The Ultimate Guide to Telepsychiatry

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

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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What is the standard of care for telepsychiatry and/or telemedicine?

The standard of care for telemedicine is often considered to be the same or similar to in person care. However, there are some special considerations a prudent provider should think about which are listed in this article. It is important to consult with the state medical board of the state where you and your patient are located as well as consult with legal counsel prior to practicing healthcare or telehealth.

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Is telepsychiatry subject to specific guidelines and laws?

Telepsychiatry practitioners follow federal and state guidelines, such as the Ryan Haight Act for controlled substance prescriptions, and the COVID-19 public health emergency exemptions.

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Is special software and training needed?

When you contract with Orbit Health, we will provide your medical practice with all of the software and training necessary to implement our telepsychiatry services. The process is simple and requires very little setup.

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Where do patients receive treatment?

Patients can visit their local clinic, medical office, or hospital. Wherever you can set up a private space for video conferencing, patients can comfortably sit and engage with our mental health professionals.

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