Mental Health Through Telemedicine
An analysis of the benefits and barriers of Telemedicine
Stephanie Bush, Rick Peterson, Steven Bush M.D., MPH, FACOG
One in four adults, approximately 61.5 million Americans, experiences mental illness in any given year. The need for additional access to mental health services is nearly universal throughout the country. The areas most affected by the shortage are those located in rural communities. As with other health care services, the lack of specialists in rural areas has forced organizations in these communities to look for much-needed alternatives to provide specialty services.
Telemedicine services have proven to reduce patient wait times between appointments, reduce patient and provider travel time, increase provider accessibility and have been more cost effective. Telemedicine patient surveys have indicated a 95% very satisfied or satisfied rate with telemedicine services in our remote, rural area for the first time. Learn more about the findings of the Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program in the final report.
Julia Nelson, Chief Quality Officer