The massive and quick evolution of technology reflects in medical services as well. The innovative wave of healthcare called telemedicine is slowly but surely penetrating the mental health-related area. Telehealth has the ability to help patients in need gain access to mental healthcare services. This is especially important if we consider the vast amount of people living in rural areas which can barely get access to mental health care.
The main benefits that telemedicine can bring for patients requiring treatment are the reduction of follow-up no show rates, eliminating the therapists’ long hours of work and having a therapist offering care to more patients than before.
Main benefits for therapists
Mental health therapists definitely understand the time constraints that they are under in order to be able to provide the highest quality possible care and at the same time having to juggle with a hectic schedule. Telemedicine can become a massive benefit for therapists’ practice because it can increase their revenue, boost the flow of patients that they are able to see in a shorter amount of time and last but definitely not least, enhancing patient care. Patient care can be optimized by offering them more versatile and flexible options for scheduling and attending the medical sessions since they are remote.
Due to the shortage of mental health therapists the traditional healthcare system, professionals usually have to deal with hectic schedules and telemedicine can help with this aspect as well via the remote sessions that don’t require visiting the medical office.
Main benefits for patients in need for mental healthcare
Patients can enjoy a strong emotional relationship that’s created between themselves and the therapists even if the meetings are remote. Mental healthcare experts are highly trained to be able to build such relations with their patients even via video/audio sessions. This can also make the patient feel more secure and less exposed especially if they have to deal with mental health issues such as anxiety and a feeling of stigmatization due to their issues.
More than that, the mental healthcare services are becoming more accessible in terms of pricing as well for the patients. Mobile challenged patients can also benefit from remote sessions with their doctors for obvious reasons.
Overall, patients can feel more secure, private and protected in the intimacy of their homes while at the same time enjoying the benefits of lowers costs and getting appropriate treatment from highly trained experts.
There are a lot of virtual telehealth platforms online such as BetterHelp and others that can provide a whole new and high level of professionalism these days.
Mental health is a serious issue that should never be stigmatized and left unattended. Thankfully, telemedicine is also able to bring benefits to this sector of healthcare with remote-access mental examinations and treatments as well.
Patients who are living in remote locations and who are dealing with other issues will find the mental health telemedicine can bring opportunities which they would not have been able to enjoy otherwise.
Ben Price is a 30-something-year-old from Halifax Nova Scotia that loves to share his passion for all things Canadian. Apart from running his own YouTube Channel, which uploads weekly videos that cover ground-breaking new technology, he spends his time rowing. In regards to academics, Ben studied Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at Guelph University. Ben covers science and technology stories here at Great Lakes Ledger.