"Reference: Karen Algus, et al., The Family Voices in SCHIP Telemedicine Report: Bridges, Not Boundaries: The Value and Use of Telemedicine for Children/Youth with Special Health Care Needs (Albuquerque, NM: Family Voices, 2003)"
Telepsychiatry is a promising and exciting new way to get quality psychiatric care through the use of television/video and other communication equipment.Telepsychiatry is an area of telemedicine. It is designed to support a true collaboration between the child, family, the treating clinician, the child psychiatrist consultant and the community and a coordinated system of care for each child and his/her family.
Telepsychiatry allows experts in the field of child psychiatry to share their knowledge and skills through state-of-the-art technology in the form of video conferencing. Telepsychiatry makes consultation with a child psychiatrist available without the extensive travel that is often required of families in order to access this expertise.
Telepsychiatry has many benefits. Among them it brings the following:
- Child psychiatry services to your community.
- Collaboration between psychiatric caregivers.
- A way of providing collaboration and communication between families, local providers and child psychiatry consultants.
- A way to lessen costs for families including reduced travel, child care expenses and missed school or work days.
- Rural areas can have equal access to quality care.
Why Choose Telepsychiatry?
When the option of a telepsychiatry consult is raised with a family the family should consider the following questions.
- What is the purpose of using telepsychiatry with my child?
- What will I learn from the telepsychiatry consult?
- What are the advantages of using telepsychiatry for my child and my family?
- Will telepsychiatry meet my needs as well or better than going to a distant site to access psychiatric services for my child?
- Will telepsychiatry provide access to child psychiatry specialists that my child would not otherwise see?
- Will the lack of direct contact affect my child’s recovery?
- What are my child’s and my other concerns?
- How does the telepsychiatry consult work and what is the process of the consult?
- Where will the consult occur (room)?
- Are there other families who have done these telepsychiatry consults and can I contact them?
- How will the results of the consult be communicated to me and what is the timeframe of when I will get the results?
Comments or questions about the information on this page can be directed to the NYCaT Coordinator.