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A Telepsychiatrist Talks About the Power of mHealth Technology

May 17, 2018 - In telemental health, one of the most important attributes is immediacy. And Dr. Thomas Kim is never more than a tap on a smartphone app away from someone in crisis. “We should never discount the power in our pocket,” the Austin, Texas-based internist and telepsychiatrist says. Kim is part of the new wave of virtual healthcare providers, forsaking the office, clinic or hospital...


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Florida VA Center Finds New Uses for Telehealth in Treating PTSD

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth has proven its value in providing much-needed mental health services to Armed Forces members and veterans dealing with PTSD. Now a Florida VA center is tweaking that platform to give veterans access to a unique form of therapy. The...

Florida County Offers Free Telemental Health to Uninsured Residents

by Eric Wicklund

A Florida county is offering free telemental health services for low- and no-income residents, available on either a mobile device or at telehealth stations set up in select locations. Polk County authorities expect to serve some 84,000 uninsured...

mHealth App Aims to Help Caregivers Identify Perinatal Depression

by Eric Wicklund

A new mHealth app aims to help obstetricians by giving them a mobile health resource to detect and manage depression in pregnant woman and new mothers. Developed at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and University of Massachusetts Medical School,...

Minnesota Lawmakers Mull New School Telemental Health Programs

by Eric Wicklund

Minnesota lawmakers are considering a bill to launch four telemedicine projects aimed at improving access to mental health services in schools. HF 4198, introduced in March by State Rep. Peggy Bennett, would set aside an as-yet undecided amount...

Schools Turn to Telemedicine to Tackle Student Depression, Violence

by Eric Wicklund

Texas school officials are touting a telemedicine service that not only brings behavioral healthcare into the school, but also may be averting serious issues like potential violence. Texas Tech University Health Science Center’s Telemedicine...

mHealth Research on Mental Health Taps Into One’s Tapping Habits

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers looking to use mHealth in behavioral health treatment have long struggled to make the technology unobtrusive. But recent research suggests that remote monitoring of people with mental health issues could be done by analyzing...

mHealth Wearables Are Put to The Test in Schizophrenia Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

Psychiatrists are taking a closer look at remote patient monitoring technology to help patients diagnosed with schizophrenia. mHealth devices that can measure a patient’s moods in real time “represent a valuable method for gathering...

VA Launches Telehealth Program to Treat Rural Veterans With PTSD

by Eric Wicklund

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is launching a nationwide telehealth program to help rural veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The pilot program, coordinated by the VA’s Office of Rural Health and its Quality...

Congress Turns to Telemedicine to Take On Substance Abuse Epidemic

by Eric Wicklund

Congress is pushing to make telemedicine a critical component of the nation’s efforts to combat substance abuse. House lawmakers have introduced two draft discussion bills designed to ease restrictions in the Ryan Haight Act and enable...

Toledo Hospitals to Use Telemedicine For ED Psychiatric Consults

by Eric Wicklund

Mercy Health is launching a telemedicine program to meet an urgent need for psychiatric services at emergency departments in and around Ohio’s fourth largest city. The health system is partnering with Lighthouse Telehealth to provide round-the-clock...

States Eye School-Based Telemedicine to Address Mental Health Crisis

by Eric Wicklund

Utah lawmakers are considering a bill to launch a two-year telemental health pilot program in the state’s public schools. The state is one of several looking to school-based telemedicine programs to address a national shortage of mental...

Telehealth Targets a Niche in Mental Health Care for Urban Youths

by Eric Wicklund

Pediatricians in New Jersey are using telehealth to connect with mental health experts in a new program designed to improve access to care for urban youths. Armed with a $555,555 grant from the New Jersey department of Children and Families,...

Texas Deputies Turn to Telemedicine to Treat Mental Health Crises

by Eric Wicklund

Sheriff’s deputies in the nation’s third most-populated county are using mHealth to connect people experiencing a mental health crisis with psychiatrists. The Harris County Sheriff’s Department in Texas began arming some of...

Health Systems Target Telehealth to Fill a Mental Healthcare Gap

by Eric Wicklund

At a time when anxiety and depression are as rampant as TV Christmas specials, health systems are turning to telehealth to meet a huge demand for discreet care. They’re finding success with platforms that connect patients to online therapy...

For Addiction Experts, mHealth Has Its Advantages And Drawbacks

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth may prove to be a critical tool in addressing the national opioid epidemic, but a panel discussion at the Connected Health Conference made it clear that digital health devices might sometimes be more of a hindrance than a help. Mobile...

mHealth App Looks to Identify, Help Treat Postpartum Depression

by Eric Wicklund

Massachusetts General Hospital researchers have developed an mHealth app to help diagnose postpartum depression in new mothers – and give researchers more information on how to identify and treat the behavioral health condition. The MGH...

Mass. Health Systems Lobby for Telehealth Parity, State Support

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers in Massachusetts are urging state officials to make telehealth more accessible to meet a growing lack of access to mental health services. At a recent roundtable, representatives of several health systems lamented that the...

CMS Considers Telehealth for New Models of Behavioral Healthcare

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials are looking at telehealth in their search for new models of care for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with behavioral health issues. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has scheduled a September summit to develop...

Telemental Health Program Targets Military Caregivers in Texas

by Eric Wicklund

A Texas healthcare provider is using a telemental health platform to connect with caregivers for military families, where depression rates are four times higher than other populations. Armed with a USAA grant, the University of Texas Health Science...

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