How can telehealth provide care for persons with psychiatric disorders needing medication management?

Patients in rural areas, with access difficulties, or preference for the telehealth (also known as telepsychiatry) medium can access services easily through integrated online systems. Exponentially more patients may be served through this medium, and this may be particularly relevant in rural states. Clinicians may be consulted via basic online interfaces or may be involved in more complex applications such as interactive telehealth robot technology based in hospital systems in order to reach designated populations. Evidence shows telehealth visits to be as effective as in-person visits, and insurance (including some Medicaid and Medicare coverage) covers such services in many states. More information can be found here: https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/what-is-telepsychiatry

APA has an evolving toolkit on telepsychiatry, which can be found here: https://www.psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/practice/telepsychiatry/telepsychiatry-toolkit-home

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