telemedicine they (clients) seem to give me more of a story.The
television seems to create a safe space and I am not so
intimidating to them"
- Beth Caspian, MD
you know that during the course of a typical
career, most workers spend an amazing 8.5 years
on the road traveling to meetings? And that
travel-related stress can reduce employee productivity?
Or that 55 percent of the communication during
a normal conversation comes from facial expressions
and body language, making face-to-face communication
40 percent more persuasive and understandable
than phone conversations?
Sights and Sounds. "Experience the Power
of Conferencing." http://www.polycomconnect.com,
of Telemedicine used for Behavioral Health
Psychiatrists are able to see more patients
each month because they are not spending time
traveling. An analysis of calendar year 2010 telepsychiatry on HCICnet showed that the 3,185 hours of provider drive time saved through use of the telemedicine network allowed providers to attend an additional 2,593 patient sessions.)
providers and patients experience decreased
travel time, expense, and liability. (HCICnet saved $484,407 in 2010 in provider travel costs.)
waiting lists for initial psychiatric appointments
are eliminated or shortened.
Wait times for psychiatric patients to be
re-seen are greatly reduced or eliminated.
psychiatric assessments and consults are available
to residents without travel or delay.
health practitioners in remote areas can participate
in Continuing Medical Education or administrative
meetings without traveling great distances
or leaving their job sites for extended periods
of time. This reduces their professional isolation
and increases their competence, thus contributing
to the quality of care in their area as well
as to professional retention rates.
consults can be performed by specialists throughout
the state with improved service and reliability
via video (as opposed to telephone).
Staff participation in case management of
patients treated in inpatient or residential
- Patients experience more of a team treatment model because a case manager,
therapist, or nurse is in the room with the
patient during the telemedicine session with the psychiatric provider.
participation in treatment with patients in
remote inpatient or residential facilities
Professional collaboration increases.
residents have access to a much wider range
of behavioral health experts, improving quality
and choice of care.
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