Telepsychiatry: Reaching More Patients For Better Outcomes March 18, 2017

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 

Telepsychiatry Helps Businesses Realize Better Outcomes For All April 25, 2017

By 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. Read the Full Article.  

Telepsychiatry: Raising the Bar on Access to Mental Health Care May 22, 2017

By Dr. Jim Varell, Telepsychiatrist and Medical Director of InSight Telepsychiatry As May—Mental Health Awareness Month—rolls around each year, health care stakeholders are reminded to reflect on the notable achievements and strides made in mental health treatment. The industry continues to forge new paths in terms of technological advancement, research, discovery and awareness, leading to a more holistic approach to care delivery and improved health outcomes across U.S. communities. Read the Full Article   

Telepsychiatry: Comprehensively Addressing Behavioral Health Across the Care Continuum June 9, 2017

Written by Scott Baker, MBA, Business Innovations Manager, InSight Telepsychiatry. Today’s hospital and health system executives increasingly recognize the importance of a “connected community”—one that proactively supports the overall physical and behavioral health of patients throughout the care continuum. These models provide the optimal framework for improving outcomes and lowering costs within evolving value-based arrangements. Read the Full Article

The Psychiatry Shortage in Virginia

by James Varrell, M.D. Due to trends in mental health advocacy and growing clinical evidence, people are increasingly recognizing the benefits of psychiatry and behavioral health care. For example, a 2012 study published in Contingencies measured the cost of a single employee’s depression over a two-year period prior to that employee receiving depression treatment and found the cost to the business to be as high as $3,386 per affected employee.   Read the Full Article