What is Telepsychiatry?

Telepsychiatry is the practice of psychiatry conducted via a video conference connection. A live, secure video connection is established between an offsite location (a clinic, doctor's office or home office) and a mental health facility. A typical psychiatric office visit is conducted except that the physician and the patient are not in the same physical location.

Our behavioral health physicians perform psychiatric evaluations in the emergency department (ED), inpatient rounding, and medical and surgery floor consults in acute care hospitals. Our physicians also provide psychiatric evaluations and medication management services in outpatient clinics and behavioral health hospitals.

What are the benefits of Telepsychiatry?

  • Dramatically reduced wait times for psychiatric consults.
  • Improved patient throughput in crowded hospital EDs.
  • Focused patient assessments on the most critical psychiatric cases.
  • Integrated access to a hospital’s psychiatric outpatient services.
  • Timely disposition of patients into inpatient settings, when needed.

How can Telepsychiatry benefit hospitals and mental health clinics?

Facilities in remote rural locations that have a difficult time recruiting can benefit from telepsychiatry. Telepsychiatry providers can be physically located anywhere in the United States, but as long as they have the appropriate licenses, they can see your patients. Another use for telepsychiatry is to fill a part-time position. If your facility has enough volume only for a half-time provider, you might have an easier time finding a telepsychiatry provider to fill that need than recruiting a psychiatrist to work on-site part-time. Telepsychiatry can be your back-up for vacations, leaves or after hours on-call coverage.