What is Telepsychiatry?

Telemedicine is the process of providing health care from a distance through technology, often utilizing videoconferencing. At Ballen Medical and Wellness, we utilize Zoom to meet patients’ needs for convenient and affordable mental health services. If internet services are not ideal, we can also utilize the phone for appointments. Telepsychiatry includes psychiatric evaluations, therapy, patient education, and medication management. For Telepsychiatry, we are able to send your prescription directly to your pharmacy for your convenience. 

Telepsychiatry makes scheduling and keeping regular appointments easy and cost-effective. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry published a study comparing in-office-treatment to telepsychiatry treatment, concluding that “There were no statistically significant differences between study groups for symptoms, quality of life, and patient satisfaction”. This indicates that telepsychiatry is a highly effective, alternative treatment. Our patients have found that video conference-based treatment obtains the same results as in-person treatment. With Telepsychiatry, healing can begin, and well-being can flourish. 

What Does Telepsychiatry Require?

For your appointment, we ask that you find a  quiet, private place, and a computer, tablet, or smartphone with a camera and high-speed internet. If you do not have access to the internet, we can conduct telepsychiatry meetings over the phone.  

Patients will schedule appointments individually with psychiatrists for their live, virtual appointments. We ask that patients plan ahead and prepare, just as they would for an in-person appointment. Patients should have relevant records, prescriptions, and questions ready for their psychiatrist. 

Telepsychiatry allows therapists and psychiatrists to treat patients in distant locations, although they need to be licensed in the state where the patient is located. We are able to send prescriptions from psychiatry directly to your pharmacy. Telepsychiatry is being utilized in a wide range of settings including private practices, outpatient clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, and schools. There is substantial evidence that teletherapy and telepsychiatry are equivalent to in-person care in patient satisfaction, diagnostic accuracy, and ultimately treatment effectiveness. 

Benefits of Telepsychiatry

We understand that it can be difficult to take time out of your busy day to come into our office for your appointments. Telepsychiatry spares your commute time and energy. Whether you are busy, traveling, or feeling sick, telemedicine lets you stay on track with your appointments and leads to better care. Our patients love telepsychiatry because they can meet with their psychiatrist online during their lunch break, between meetings, and in the comfort of their own home. Finally, patient privacy and confidentiality remain extremely important to us and are equivalent to whether treatment is provided with virtual or in-person care. 

Schedule Your Appointment Today!

Our Denver Counseling and Psychiatry Team at Ballen Medical and Wellness care for adults, children, and adolescents. They are here to help you form a comprehensive treatment plan, and begin your healing process.  We believe in identifying and addressing the root causes of symptoms. Our team of experts based in Denver, CO is here to help you and your loved ones realize the joy of living a healthy and balanced life. We recommend calling and speaking with a member of our patient services team. Please fill out the form below or call us at (720)738-8531.