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Telepsychiatry Services

The Institute for Learning & Behavioral Sciences and InSight Telepsychiatry are pleased to announce a new partnership to increase psychiatric coverage for individuals seeking mental health care.

InSight Telepsychiatry is the leading national telepsychiatry service provider organization. Telepsychiatry is the delivery of psychiatry through real time videoconferencing. It has been found to be an effective form of care delivery and a convenient, cost-effective way to safely expand psychiatric support at an organization.

The Institute for Learning & Behavioral Sciences recognized a need in the community for more access to psychiatric care. In addition to increasing access to care in the community, this program will offer psychiatric services to those already receiving other services at this location.

Patients treated by telepsychiatry provider, Dr. Andrea Strumpf, can expect the same services and level of care that someone would receive in-person.

Dr. Strumpf is a licensed and double-board certified adult and child and adolescent psychiatrist. Dr. Strumpf completed her fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center, her residency in general adult psychiatry at Beth Israel Hospital and her doctorate at Rush Medical College. She has over two decades of experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings with varied patient populations.

Since 1999, InSight Telepsychiatry has designed and implemented telepsychiatry programs with hundreds of organizations in nearly every setting across the continuum of care.

What Is Telepsychiatry?

Telepsychiatry is mental and behavioral health care delivered through video in a secure, private place. In-person staff will help set up the appointment and remain close by to help with any issues that may come up during your session. Telepsychiatry has been proven to be as effective as in-person care.

How Does Telepsychiatry Work?

Telepsychiatry is very similar to in-person psychiatry services. The main difference is that the provider is not in the same room or location as you. Instead, remote providers use a device with a camera and internet to lead sessions over video. You’ll find that telepsychiatry sessions are similar to using tools like Skype or FaceTime, but telepsychiatry uses platforms that are safe and private.

Why Is Telepsychiatry Used?

Telepsychiatry is great for allowing more people access to behavioral health care. There are not enough psychiatry providers in the country and telepsychiatry makes it easier for them to see more people in more places. Your telepsychiatry provider is an expert in their field and trained in providing quality care through technology.

Will the Telepsychiatry Session Be Recorded?

No part of your session with the telepsychiatry provider will be recorded.

What Happens During a Session?

The telepsychiatry provider will ask you about the issue that brought you in today. They may also ask about anything that has happened in your life, your thoughts and feelings and your physical health. They do this to get a good understanding of your situation and how they may be able to help craft a care plan that meets your wants and needs.

What Should I Do If I Am Having Trouble Seeing or Hearing My Provider During an Appointment?

Please immediately contact the staff at your location if you are unable to see or hear your provider.

How Will My Medical Records Be Updated?

Your medical records will be updated by your telepsychiatry provider just as they would for a typical in-person session.

Satisfaction with Telepsychiatry

One study that analyzed satisfaction ratings of telepsychiatry in emergency departments found that on average, individuals rated their satisfaction as 4.4 out of 5, indicating that they were “very satisfied.” Another study of randomly selected psychiatric patients found that individuals rated telepsychiatry very highly. They indicated they were able to communicate as if physically present (92.9%), were comfortable with the service (95.2%), found the session to be as beneficial as an in-person meeting (84.5%) and would use the service again (98.8%).

Additional Resources

For more information about telepsychiatry and tips on mental health and wellness, visit the Inpathy Bulletin.

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