In a mental health crisis, the sooner the intervention by a mental health professional, the better the outcome for the patient. With the advent of telepsychiatry, connecting with care can be as simple as opening an app on a phone.
Technology continues to be a driving force in the healthcare industry.
And some of the advancements are astounding. For example, doctors can now perform aspects of physical checkups with patients through an iPhone using a secured network and licensed equipment.
Picture a stethoscope that attaches to the camera on the back of your iPhone.
This means that you could get access to healthcare wherever you are and on your schedule.
Earlier this month, Rich Shelton and Judy Jones, Director for Strategic Engagement and Director of Telehealth for Good Neighbor respectively, sat on a panel at the Virginia Association of Health Plans conference to discuss the use of technology in mental health.
Good Neighbor currently serves hundreds of individuals every month across Virginia through our Telehealth program.
The demand for these kinds of services are greater than the number of providers that offer them, yet Telehealth isn’t considered a standard practice for service delivery in our state.
How can the behavioral health industry adopt similar technologies to ensure that the most amount of people get help when they need it?
Our society today is increasingly connected through technology and mobile devices, and usually with an expectation of immediacy and convenience.
It’s only a matter of time before our culture demands the same for all of healthcare services, including mental health.
In the end, the hope is that more and more people would have access to high quality services, regardless of their location or ability to travel.
And more importantly, access when they need it most.