It’s easy to see how telehealth improves access to mental health care. With the ability to tune in from any internet-connected device, people can meet with their mental health providers quickly and easily. Telehealth makes therapy and psychiatry appointments more convenient by eliminating commute times, transportation costs, and geographic limitations, making mental health care more accessible to everyone.
We’ve seen a rise in telehealth usage in recent years. More and more doctors are utilizing technology to meet their patients’ medical needs. 46% of medical providers indicated that they use connected care technologies in the 2018 Future Health Index survey.
Telehealth brings the same quality of service to a more convenient location. Recent research found that teletherapy is as effective in treating mental health and substance use conditions as traditional face-to-face therapy.
Research also shows that telemental health is efficient and cost-effective. And telehealth platforms are required by federal law to be HIPAA-compliant, ensuring that online patient health information remains encrypted and secure.
With less stress, more accessibility, and the same security and effectiveness, it’s no wonder we’re seeing a shift towards telehealth.