Originally published on OPEN MINDS
GETTYSBURG, Pa. (June 3, 2018) – InSight Telepsychiatry recently released a white paper, Creating A Telebehavioral Health Strategy, which is available for download free of charge – courtesy of InSight. This white paper is designed to assist organizations in the creation of a long-term strategy for telepsychiatry. It provides key questions to lead the discussion of where telepsychiatry fits in an organization’s strategy, case studies of organizations who have used telehealth to meet their strategic goals, and suggestions for how organizations can use telepsychiatry to meet their strategic goals. These suggestions include a discussion of using telepsychiatry to: help launch new programs or business lines, refine your reach or specialize your practice, customize treatment plans, integrate behavioral health into primary care, and engage consumers through technology.
Psychiatrists are in short supply, with 55% of counties in the continental U.S. without any psychiatrists and 77% of U.S. counties having “severe shortages” of psychiatrists and other behavioral health providers. Telepsychiatry is often thought of as a ‘band aid’ or temporary solution for an organization’s immediate needs; however telepsychiatry as a long-term solution can help organizations meet their short-term and long-term strategic priorities.
Telebehavioral health has been accepted as a proven medium for increasing access to psychiatric, mental and behavioral health care, by connecting individuals to providers through video calls. Today, in-home, mobile, outpatient and primary care models of telebehavioral health allow for community-based care that addresses behavioral health issues before they reach critical levels. On-demand models of care offer timely services to individuals in the emergency department (ED), psychiatric crisis centers, or in the community through mobile crisis teams.
There are more patients, employers, health systems and payers employing telehealth, as well as more providers becoming involved in telehealth work in a range of fields, like psychiatry. Current findings state that 71 percent of providers use telehealth or telemedicine tools to connect with patients.
For executive teams and clinical professionals at provider organizations, it is important to understand how telehealth fits into your organizational strategy and how telehealth can be used to reduce organizational “pain points.” InSight’s newly released white paper helps organizations navigate this technology, explaining its efficacy, how to create a long-term telepsychiatry strategy, and why more than ever, organizations cannot ignore this treatment medium.
To download this white paper, Creating A Telebehavioral Health Strategy, available free of charge courtesy of InSight Telepsychiatry, and learn more about how to develop a telebehavioral health strategy, please visit: https://www.openminds.com/market-intelligence/resources/creating-a-telebehavioral-health-strategy/.
About InSight Telepsychiatry, LLC
InSight is the leading national telepsychiatry service provider organization with a mission to transform access to behavioral health care through innovative applications of technology. InSight has over 18 years of experience with telepsychiatry and serves hundreds of organizations across the nation with its on-demand, scheduled, connected services and inpathy divisions. InSight is dedicated to quality care through telepsychiatry. The InSight team has designed and implemented telepsychiatry programs in nearly every setting across the spectrum of care. The InSight team is also active in thought-leadership, educational and adovacy work around telehealth. Last year, members of the InSight team presented at over 40 events, taught telepsychiatry best practices to a hundreds of psychiatry residents and providers via their telepsychiatry grand round series, and helped to advocate for important telehealth related regulations at both the state and federal level. Learn more at: http://insighttelepsychiatry.com/