MedScape: TelePsychiatry

It seems like Tele-blank in medicine is all the rage. The latest is Tele-Psychiatry which appeared recently on Medscape (free login required). ‘Hi-tech video conferencing may be a cheap, effective means of providing
psychiatric care to patients in rural settings, according to a new study.

“A lot of these people would not have been seen because they don’t have resources locally or they wouldn’t otherwise travel,”…Dr. Hilty worried that HMOs might be
tempted to use the technology to replace the “real thing.” There may be economic advantages, “but the service would probably
not be equivalent,”…’

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