Each specialty within healthcare is searching for the best methods of adapting to the continuous growth of technology. Developers are constantly finding new ways to bring a higher quality of care to patients who need it. One field, is changing the way it provides care to its patients. Mental health providers are always looking for the best way to furnish improved psychological care to their patients who need it. They are searching for tools that help them provide care that is convenient, comfortable, and secure for their patients. An increasing number of mental health providers are adopting Teletherapy into their everyday practice to improve the quality of care they provide.
What is Teletherapy?
Teletherapy is telehealth for behavioral health. It is bringing care to patients remotely, stepping into the comfort of their homes. Teletherapy is the delivery of mental and behavioral health services through telecommunications technology. Through live-video conferencing, mental health providers are reaching and helping their patients like never before.
How does Teletherapy work?
A frequent question about Teletherapy is, how does it actually work? By joining current practice methods with online communication, providers are able to bring the visit to the patient’s home. Tools associated with practice interventions are woven into the fabric of the technology. Flexible implementations allow you to tailor visits to patients to personalize each visit, seamlessly changing what it means to provide behavioral health services.
What Are the Benefits of Teletherapy?
1) Reach More Patients:
One major obstacle that individuals seeking mental health services face is whether or not they can even make it to an office to see someone. The initial decision to seek services is incredibly difficult for some patients. Trying to find and commit to transportation to and from a clinic or office can then seem like an impossible goal. Access to quality mental health care is nearly impossible for some adults. According to Mental Health America (MHA), “56% of American adults with mental illness do not receive treatment.” With Teletherapy, the gap between those who need mental health care and those who receive it closes substantially. It is hard to find a patient who doesn’t have access to a computer or smart phone with video capability. This is all a patient needs to finally receive the care they so desperately need.
2) Reduces Risk of Cancellation
Alongside lack of transportation, roadblocks like illness and lack of child care cause patients to cancel their appointments after they’ve been set. One of the biggest obstacles mental health patients face is the motivation to go to their visit, also causing them to cancel. Not only do providers want to avoid cancelation for revenue purposes, but the health of the patient is at risk with every cancelation. Providers cannot provide care to patients if they are unable to visit them. Teletherapy tackles this issue head on, limiting the impact of roadblocks. If a patient is unable to make it into the office for any reason, Teletherapy visits work just as effectively. Patients who struggle with the motivation to leave the house, find childcare, or a way to the clinic can log onto their computers and find the flexibility they need in Teletherapy technology.
3) Empower the Patient
One of the best things mental health patients can have is a sense of control in a time where they might feel like they have none. Taking a patient out of the uncomfortable setting of an office and putting them back in their home returns the feeling of safety and security that some patients need. Patients who have the ability to schedule visits that work for them, that mold around their schedule, help to give power and control back to the patient. Teletherapy visits tend to move quicker than in-person visits, eliminating wait times. Time doesn’t need to be spent on reviewing patient history, as the patient has the ability to fill it out prior to the visit. The actual conference is spent on the patient's mental health treatment, which is the most important part. The once overwhelming stress of going to see a mental provider is eased by empowering the patient to take control of their mental health while giving them the most comfortable and secure environment possible.
Integrating Teletherapy into mental health services is a breakthrough method in providing quality care to patients all over the United States. Adopting this into your practice will help to provide patients with access to mental health services like never before. It empowers patients to take control of their mental health. Teletherapy is something every mental health provider should adopt into their practice. Make the change today!
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