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Telepsychiatry Helps Businesses Realize Better Outcomes For All
Get Well Soon: Telepsychiatry Helps Businesses Realize Better Outcomes For AllBy Barry Doan, MSW In today’s busy, on-demand world, more employers are offering online or telemedicine services to employees to give them the ability to speak with a psychiatrist or nurse practitioner remotely. Telemedicine is not only convenient for employees who don’t have to take time off work for an appointment, but also helps employers reduce the cost of hospitalizations. While two-thirds of employers currently offer employees access to telemedicine services, that number is expected to increase to 90 percent by 2018. One popular form of telemedicine is telepsychiatry, a clinical model that uses videoconferencing to provide psychiatry and mental health services, such as evaluations, consultations and ongoing treatment. It allows employees to receive mental health care through live, interactive communication with a licensed provider in a private setting, whether that’s at work, at home or in a healthcare facility. Telepsychiatry is particularly useful given the severe shortage of psychiatrists, which limits access to critical care and results in long wait times.
Impact of mental illness on employersMental illness is the leading cause of disability, accounting for one-third of new disability claims in 2015. Depression is among the top workplace challenges for employee assistance programs, along with family crisis and stress. While most employers provide coverage for mental health care, benefits and services aimed at preventing or reducing depression are often underutilized by employees for a variety of reasons. For example, they may have difficulty finding an in-network psychiatry provider in their area, trouble making an appointment that fits around their work schedule or employees may feel stigmatized or embarrassed by their condition. Untreated mental health issues are costly to employers. The total economic burden of major depression, for example, is estimated to be $210.5 billion per year — nearly half of which is attributed to the workplace, including missed work days and reduced output. Further cost implications can also be attributed to treating medical conditions that often coexist with depression. Employees who suffer depression frequently have other medical conditions that occur at the same time, including diabetes, asthma, COPD, heart disease, chronic pain and insomnia. Treating these coexisting problems can significantly drive up costs. For example, researchers found that for every dollar spent treating depression, $1.55 was spend on depression workplace costs, while $2.13 was spent on treating coexisting disorders.
Advantages of offering a telepsychiatry benefit to employeesInvesting in the mental wellbeing of employees creates measurable returns. Research by the American Psychiatric Foundation found that after only three weeks of mental health treatment, the number of work-impaired employees with behavioral health conditions was reduced by half, and after a little more than four months of treatment, two-thirds were no longer work-impaired. Telepsychiatry can help employers improve productivity and profitability. Here are five reason why:
- Increased well-being
- Quality care
Telepsychiatry: Reaching More Patients For Better Outcomes
By Dr. Jim Varrell, InSight's Medical Director. Every year, about 42.5 million Americans struggle with mental illness — enduring stress, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, grief, mood disorders or other psychological concerns. Despite the availability of treatment most people don’t get the help they need, not necessarily due to stigma or denial, but because they can’t: it’s inconvenient or mental healthcare providers aren’t available in their area or within the time frame they need an appointment. Read the Full Article
Leaders in Mental Health Join Forces to Address Issue #B4Stage4
#B4Stage4 is an in-depth, online program specifically aimed at those working to improve mental health across the nation. It examines the challenges facing the country, the success of MHA’s online screening tools; innovations in the field that allow personalized pathways for all patients; and continued support and understanding in managing any condition.
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Webinar: More Referral Options for EAPs with Telepsychiatry
In today’s busy, on-demand world, more employers are offering online services to employees so that they can meet with a psychiatry or therapy provider remotely from home or another private space. Telepsychiatry is the application of telehealth specifically to psychiatry, mental and behavioral health services through online video calls and appointments. Learn more about this rapidly growing psychiatry and behavioral health post-program referral resource in an upcoming webinar designed especially for EAPs.Read More
Inpathy Gets a Makeover
February 20, 2017 | Inpathy has launched a new look for its website, http://www.Inpathy.com. Inpathy is dedicated to making it easy for people to get access to psychiatric, behavioral and mental health care through convenient, online video calls. As a unique form of care, Inpathy brings life-changing behavioral health care directly into people’s home or any other private place.Read More