Could Video Aid Mental Health In The Community?
Recent high-profile cases have raised worrying concerns over how healthcare can meet growing social needs – especially in the area of mental health.
Some observers wonder if greater use of telemedicine might not be a powerful way to allow greater access to professional mental health support in a way that’s cost-effective to society but also helps users access scarce services.
One interesting early example of this trend is a US specialist provider’s experience – an organisation called Premier Psychiatric Group, which provides a wide range of out-patient services in a number of mid-Western American states (e.g. Nebraska and South Dakota). Almost by definition, that means that’s it’s had to deal with a client base spread very widely, which it’s been accommodating via telemedicine for a number of years.
Its ‘first generation’ solution has recently been superseded by new technology from video pioneer LifeSize – which is proving not just more efficient but which also seems to be suggesting fruitful new applications.
“We want to serve patients wherever they are, and our partnership with LifeSize can help make that possible,” its founder, Dr Walter Duffy, says.
LifeSize is the video conferencing infrastructure arm of IT giant Logitech.
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