• Brittany Johnson, LCSW

To Do Telehealth or To Not Do Telehealth?

Welcome to my blog! Glad you have decided to tune in to some pretty interesting or important topics related to health/mental health/substance abuse. Our first topic that I would like to introduce is Telehealth. Well lets start off with the what it is. According to :

"Telehealth — sometimes called telemedicine — is the use of electronic information and telecommunication technologies to provide care when you and the doctor are not in the same place at the same time. If you have a phone or a device with internet access, you already have everything you need to get medical care or services through telehealth — you may be able to:

  • Talk to your doctor live over the phone or video chat.

  • Send and receive messages from your doctor using chat messaging, email, secure messaging, and secure file exchange.

  • Use remote patient monitoring so your doctor can check on you at home. For example, you might use a device to gather ECG or other vitals to help your doctor stay informed on your progress"

Many people believe that telehealth services started only with the COVID-19 pandemic, when in fact that is not true. Telehealth may not have been widely used by providers, but in the mental health field it is an intimately familiar service. I have worked in several different settings: community outpatient, private practice, and inpatient hospitalizations; all of which have utilized this tech savvy way of communicating with individuals to complete psych evaluations, medication monitoring, and mental health &/substance assessments appointments.

Due to COVID-19 however, we have seen many services offered outside of the behavioral health field. Primary care's and urgent cares have completed appointments via telehealth as well. People have for over a year not had a choice in the type of contact they would have due to provider precautions, and many do not feel comfortable with the idea. I have heard so many different perspectives. Some feel that they would rather have a in-person appointment which is perfectly fine. There are also some whom have busy schedules or who live too far away from providers, that it makes more sense to exclusively participate in telehealth.

As with any service, there are risks associated with telehealth, which will be discussed with you in the Telehealth Informed Consent form with your behavioral health provider. Telehealth has been found to be effective in treating a wide range of mental and emotional issues, there is no guarantee that Telehealth is effective for all individuals. It is important to understand that while an individual may benefit from Telehealth, results cannot be guaranteed or assured.

Now, if you are interested in your therapy being via telehealth, you have come to the right place. I am currently offering telehealth at this time. Visit my site and click Schedule a Free Consultation and fill out the form. Once we talk via telephone, depending on the information gathered, I may or may not recommend proceeding with telehealth treatment.

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