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?
Stressed? Everyone knows having a mental disorder is stressful. What some may not realize, however, is that stress itself is a mental health issue. Well…kind of. We all feel stress once in a while. Maybe you work in a fast-paced environment, have a public speaking engagement soon, or anticipate spending time with someone who tests [...]
Constant Distractions of ADHD Imagine sitting down to read your favorite book. Open to the bookmarked page, find the next paragraph… in seconds a bag of potato chips on the table grabs your attention. You grab a few, eat them, and go back to that paragraph but then you hear some birds outside. It seems [...]
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 [...]
Ever since I was young I’ve felt the effects of OCD. It caused both small inconveniences and enormous obstacles throughout my life. Only after therapy, medication, and a long but enlightening road to recovery was I able to step back and truly recognize what was happening to me. My life has vastly improved and I [...]
How can Dr. Bregman help me? Lately, we hear the words “mental health” a lot- and it seems like everyone now-a-days has “something,” right? How do we know a psychiatrist would help best? Well, ask yourself this: Do you find yourself wondering, asking others or even researching symptoms about a condition you think you might [...]