So what is telemedicine? Essentially it is medical care over video conferencing similar to Skype. Except instead of Skype doctors use regulated software to secure patients’ privacy. With the oversight of HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996), encrypted programs allow for total confidentiality.
Telemedicine, Confidentiality, & HIPAA Our medical information should remain private, and for good reason. Knowledge of our well-being can be deviously sold to advertising companies, used to defraud us, or generally disseminated to those without our best interests in mind. We already know the doctor-patient relationship is protected. In a psychiatric office we know [...]
Telepsychiatry and telepsychology are becoming widespread in the world of mental health. We’ve discussed telemedicine a few times in these posts, but I specifically wondered: how could it help my close peers?
Teletherapy Saves Time For some, the difference between psychiatrist and psychologist is unclear. Put simply: psychiatrists deal with medications while psychologists do therapy sessions. A while ago we discussed telepsychiatry. That entails prescription management plus occasional consults, all through videoconferencing. However telepsychology/teletherapy involves regular meetings between patient and therapist. Getting to the doctor for a [...]
I have my share of friends who want to improve their mental well-being but for one reason or another never get around to it. A lot of the excuses are valid ones. Long hours at a job, too busy with family, lack of funds; a lot of these things are nonnegotiable. Making it to the [...]