Every year, 4.9 million people seeking care in the emergency department have a primary diagnosis related to a mental or behavioral health condition. With such high demand for care, helping these people get the treatment they need is crucial – for patients and hospitals alike.
However, hospitals and health systems aren’t always equipped with the right resources, leading to psychiatric boarding, unnecessary admissions, and frequent revisits. Despite these challenges, investing in telepsychiatry can help innovate your organization’s approach to mental health care.
This piece breaks down what telepsychiatry is, the benefits of using this platform in the ED, how it works, and what it looks like in action.
At Iris Telehealth, we help hospitals and health systems meet their community’s needs with high-quality, sustainable behavioral health solutions. Whether you’re facing frequent revisits or unnecessary admissions, we can help. Together, we can secure the right provider fit for your population and help meet your organization’s behavioral health goals.