Privacy and Telemedicine
Online privacy is a concern of anyone using the internet. Fear of noncompliance with HIPAA and other regulations has dissuaded many organizations from adopting the practice of telehealth services. Fortunately, there’s no need for a major investment in additional network security devices or videoconferencing equipment to begin practicing telepsychiatry.
Most modern offices have the infrastructure they need already, and with assistance from a HIPAA-compliant service provider such as Iris Telehealth, getting up and running with the right equipment — and integrating with your existing EHR system — is fast and easy.
A Patient’s Experience
What does telepsychiatry look like for a typical patient? In most cases, the process of getting help changes little. Patients first visit their primary care provider or contact a mental health clinic in their area to discuss their concerns. The individual will then be provided with a referral to see an Iris Telehealth psychiatrist or mental health specialist, and the clinic will arrange a time for an appointment. When the time comes, the patient will visit their regular local care center, where they will be taken to a private room for a one-on-one videoconference with the specialist.
The content of the appointment will be exactly the same as if it were taking place in person. Our doctors can discuss the issue in detail, make a treatment plan and even prescribe medicine through telepsychiatry. Any follow-up appointments or further referrals can be conducted much in the same way, saving the patient considerable travel time and related expenses.
Iris Telehealth has helped countless hospitals and community health organizations across the country add telepsychiatry to their list of services. We believe everyone should have access to compassionate mental health care, and we have made it our mission to find innovative, affordable ways of making this possible!
If you’re considering using telepsychiatry in your organization, we would like to help! To learn more, contact an Iris Telehealth representative today.