Telemedicine and Texas Care
With the physician shortage expected to exceed 100,000 by 2030 and the population steadily rising, finding ways to efficiently connect fewer physicians to more patients is becoming an urgent need.
Telemedicine helps alleviate the widespread shortage of mental healthcare professionals.
The shortage of psychiatrists in the U.S. presents a huge problem, especially as the country has moved towards a better understanding of the importance of mental health treatment. The use of Telepsychiatry has surged in recent years to help. Armed with tech software to videochat with patients online, psychiatrists can reach a wider geographic region.
A psychiatrist in another state or in an urban area could now potentially treat a patient living hundreds of miles away in a rural shortage area. Telemedicine providers like Texas Care, have been quickly growing their telepsychiatry workforce to meet the demand.
Telepsychiatry makes mental health services more accessible and convenient to patients in need.
One of the biggest advantages of telemedicine across all medical specialties is accessibility for all patients: patients who are convalescing at home, patients who are mobile-challenged, patients who lack adequate transportation, and those who live in rural, remote areas. As long as a patient has a way to connect to the internet, telepsychiatry enables them to access treatment.
Telemedicine is changing the landscape of addiction treatment.
With the rise of the opioid addiction epidemic, the push to improve and reform addiction treatment has intensified. Problems with opioid addiction are especially rampant in more rural regions of the country — areas that also happen to have less access to mental healthcare.
Earlier this year, the US dedicated multiple grants towards developing telemedicine programs to serve Texas, Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky — all Appalachian regions greatly affected by opioid addiction. Federal officials see this project as a crucial step towards targeting opioid abuse and providing better mental health resources to the areas in special need.
Telemedicine is a disruptor in the healthcare space, especially primed to bring about improvement to our mental health field. With the expansion of Telepsychiatry services and solutions, we’re likely to see big changes happen in the next couple years
Texas Care and TeleMedicine
At Texas Care, we use telemedicine to distribute physician related services and information via electronic information and telecommunication technology. It allows long-distance patient and clinician contact, care, advice, reminders, education, intervention, monitoring, and remote admissions if necessary.
For more information on Telemedicine or other Texas Care services, feel free to call 888-98TODAY and an Intake Coordinator will be happy to take your call and direct you to the appropriate department. Visit our FAQ page for more information on how Telehealth, Telemedicine, and TeleBehavioral Health can work for you.