Premier Telepsychiatry Services
A Solution for Flexible Staffing and Census Needs
Our customers at Traditions Behavioral Health (TBH) have complex needs: census can fluctuate, and sometimes last-minute or same-day psychiatry access and evaluation needs arise. Through our telepsychiatry services, often with evening and weekend access, we can provide same-day or next-day access to a psychiatrist for your business and patient care needs without the hassle.
● An unexpected increase in hospital census
● Physician shortage due to trainings, court hearings, or other competing demands for time
● A backup system if a psychiatrist calls out sick or cannot be on-site
● A pressure-release valve if your site or the TBH psychiatrists require additional a-la-carte consultation access
● Outpatient medication management visits
● Crisis evaluation & second opinions
TBH Telepsychiatry Services are not a replacement for our on-site physicians; telepsychiatry is the perfect supplement for our on-site services to thrive.
Resilience is all about being able to overcome the unexpected.
- Jamais Cascio, San Francisco Bay Area-based author
Telemedicine Myths Debunked
● Telemedicine isn’t as good for patients. Actually, patients perceive the physician seen by telemedicine as being both more knowledgeable and having spent more time with them than on-site comparisons. Videoconferencing is even preferred over on-site evaluations by the majority of patients under age 34 (Salesforce, 2015). The majority of Baby Boomers are interested in using telemedicine if it improves their health; 67% of patients using remote services stated it increased their satisfaction with their medical care (Georgetown University, 2013).
● Telemedicine is expensive. All that is needed is a computer or mobile device with a camera, an internet connection, and secure real-time communications software (provided by TBH). Many of our clients already have the hardware needed to quickly deploy telemedicine.
● Compensation is a problem. Much to our clients’ surprise, telemedicine often improves the bottom-line by improving patient flow, monetizing after-hours and weekend consultations, and expanding service utilization.
● Telemedicine is not secure. Current real-time, interactive telemedicine software uses the same end-to-end encryption employed by financial institutions. Many HIPAA-compliant solutions exist.
● Telemedicine increases liability. Through increased participation of the care team, telemedicine may actually allow for more points of contact, greater observation opportunities, and longer interview times.
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TBH’s Director of Telemedicine Services, Jonathan Terry, DO, ABIHM, is a board-certified psychiatrist and the 2016 recipient of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) President’s Award for Health Delivery, Quality, and Transformation. Dr. Terry and his team can work with your on- site leadership and governance to develop site-specific telemedicine processes, procedures, and implementation plans to benefit your business, your patients, and your staff in providing a superior product and experience.