Healthcare IT News is an authoritative source covering the people, policy, and technology driving next-generation healthcare in the U.S. and the world. Recently, they spoke with Iris Telehealth’s CEO, Andy Flanagan, to discuss how telepsychiatry addresses provider shortages, reaches patients in rural America, and boosts patient satisfaction.
In this piece, Andy addresses how telepsychiatry serves as an optimal approach to care for hospitals and health systems. “From what we’ve seen, the most successful strategy is an integrated model where the health system, psychiatrists, therapists, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNPs), and other key stakeholders surround the patient in a coordinated fashion to deliver individualized, value-based care,” Andy said.
Andy believes that by enabling more streamlined behavioral health consults, providers can prevent patients from escalating to the ED – the costliest care setting for patients and providers.