Growth of Telepsych

Telepsychiatry companies or telemental health companies are popping all over.  It is, by far, the fastest growing telemedicine business today.  Even if a telemedicine company offers several services via telemedicine e.g. Specialists On Call, telemental health is usually included in the services provided.

There are a variety of business models and services that have evolved in this area.  For example:  some of these companies have developed their own technologies or applications which are tailored to specifically to mental health services; some offer electronic tools to help providers diagnose and monitor a variety of mental health issues; some provide training on now to develop a thriving telemental health practice; some offer clinical, business and marketing resources to support the work of mental health professionals; and some develop online therapy applications and network development.

A sampling of these service business show that services are accessed from a variety of locations:

  • Colleges and Universities
  • Community mental health clinics
  • Correctional facilities
  • Critical Access Hospitals
  • EAP’s and Wellness Centers
  • Emergency departments
  • Federallly Qualifies Health Centers (FQHCs)
  • Individual homes
  • Long term care facilities
  • Military
  • Native American Health Care Systems
  • Primary care offices
  • Shelters
  • Urgent Care Centers
  • Work sites

 

Conditions typically treated include:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression and Bipolar disorders
  • Medication management
  • Obsessive-compulsive
  • Panic and agoraphobia
  • Psychotherapy
  • PTSD
  • Relationship problems
  • Self esteem; self image/eating disorders
  • Substance and alcohol addiction

 

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