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Telehealth for Mental Health

Posted: Mon Aug 30, 2021 10:01 pm
by dianatorn
Telemental health or telebehavioral health is the process of providing cognitive therapy, behavioral therapy, or psychotherapy remotely through digital communication channels.

The idea is not new as remote care has been used for a while now, but the rapid technological development enabled quick and effective communication that allows the involved parties to exchange medical information in real-time.

Mental health specialists were pioneers in using digital communication to consult with patients in remote locations. The only obstacle was that the commercial apps, like Skype or Zoom, could not provide secure exchange of data. The matters of data security became a much lesser problem with advanced protection tools.

Digital telemedicine platforms, like Curogram, offer safe and easy-to-use communication tools. People started to trust that telepsychiatry and telepsychology are reliable and efficient options for receiving diagnosis and treatment. More patients are willing to engage in telemental health, as surveys show that 72% of the population would use this model for mental health and behavioral treatments.

Telehealth is a broad term that offers a variety of services. Depending on the patient or the condition, telemedicine providers can utilize one or more of them to deliver adequate care. The most prominent ones are:

Live telemedicine
Remote patient monitoring
Mobile health

Telemental health care benefits the most from live telemedicine. While other aspects are also helpful, face-to-face interaction is essential in the diagnosis and treatment of behavioral and mental health issues. Check out our article on how telemedicine works to get a better understanding.