Is telepsychiatry an effective alternative to an in-person session?
Numerous studies conducted over the years have demonstrated that telepsychiatry is equivalent to in-person care in diagnostic accuracy, treatment effectiveness, quality of care, and patient satisfaction. A peer-reviewed study we co-authored in the APA’s Journal of Rural Mental Health also showed patients with hybrid telepsychiatry plus in-person visits were seen 7 days faster and were 34% more likely to be seen 1x/month. Read more here
What mental healthcare services are offered to patients through telepsychiatry?
Essentially all services that an on-site psychiatrist would provide are offered through telepsychiatry. This includes administering comprehensive intake assessments, psychiatric evaluations, and medication management.
Are patients comfortable with receiving mental health care virtually?
Yes. Telepsychiatry allows patients to gain access to vital mental health care much faster than in-person care in many situations. Sessions are scheduled within days, eliminating the need to identify a psychiatrist nearby– who may be located hours away, as is the case in many areas – then wait several months for an initial appointment. In addition, many individuals appreciate the privacy and flexibility virtual care affords. Learn more here.
Where do patients receive services?
With Genoa Telepsychiatry, patients receive care in the comfort of their local clinic, in their home or any other location as currently allowed during the COVID-19 public health emergency. For patients seen on-site, clinic staff will lead patients into a private room where they will be able to see their psychiatrist or advanced practice nurses through a HIPAA-compliant video software for intake and follow-up appointments. On-site clinic staff are available to take vitals, administer medications, and assist in the case of emergencies if needed. For patients seen at home, clinic staff confirm scheduling and assist them with any technology issues so they are ready to see their psychiatrists on time.
Are services on-demand or scheduled in advance?
Our clinic partners contract for a specific number of hours per week. Services are delivered on regular schedule set times that have been mutually determined by the clinics and psychiatric providers.
Which EMR and video conferencing software is used?
Clinics and psychiatric providers working with Genoa Telepsychiatry have the option of using their existing and video conferencing software or using our 1DocWay platform. The 1DocWay platform is a secure and HIPAA-compliant video and EMR platform with a robust set of features including tools for patient scheduling, documentation, e-prescribing, and workflow automation. Learn more here.
Will I need to invest in expensive new equipment?
All that is required is a laptop or tablet equipped with a webcam and a high-speed internet connection. The majority of existing computers or laptops are telepsychiatry-ready.
Is tech and software training included?
Yes, tech training is included. Our team provides comprehensive training in advance so that all clinic staff and physicians are confident and comfortable with using the EMR and video conferencing software prior to their first telepsychiatry appointment.
Is workflow training included?
Yes. We collaborate with partner clinics and psychiatric providers to create custom telepsychiatry workflows that best meet the patients needs as part of our Implementation+ service. Read more here.
How are psychiatric providers credentialed for telepsychiatry practice?
We help clinics and psychiatric providers navigate and complete the credentialing and onboarding process. Read more here.