The Scope of the Problem
Even in facilities with the funding required to bring on a full-time psychiatrist, staffing challenges present a persistent problem in rural areas. In the past, this has meant clinics have to either hire psychiatrists on a locum tenens basis — which includes the instability and high fees that come along with it — or send patients in need of mental health services elsewhere, often forcing them to travel significant distances. As a result, many patients with significant mental health issues end up receiving inconsistent care or forgoing treatment altogether for conditions that are profoundly affecting their quality of life.
Locum tenens telepsychiatry provides an ideal short- or long-term solution to rural staffing shortages. Iris Telehealth’s services are easy to implement and cost less than bringing in a temporary on-site psychiatrist. We can help you fill one-time staffing gaps, or provide a long-term solution that allows you to expand your practice without a major investment.
How It Works
To receive services, an organization first contracts with Iris Telehealth to provide additional psychiatric staffing. We can quickly provide your organization with telemedicine equipment or integrate seamlessly with any pre-existing system you may currently have.
We then match a psychiatrist to provide care for your organization either during regularly scheduled times or on an as-needed basis.
We provide 24/7 on-call services in this way, and we can often begin services in a matter of weeks to help you meet your staffing demands.