Mental Health
Virtual Mental Health Care
Jan 4, 2016 - 12:55:12 PM

( - In many states psychiatrists are very hard to come by. In fact, statistics show about 80 million Americans live in areas with too few mental-health professionals.

According to the CDC, suicides now outnumber deaths caused by automobile accidents and the suicide rate has increased by nearly 20 percent in the last decade.
Now, at the click of a button on your smartphone or tablet you can enter your symptoms, schedule a video appointment, and be seen and treated by your own psychiatrist from the comfort of your home. A unique new telemedicine app called TouchCare is making this possible for patients across the nation. 
The app is ideal for psychiatric patients who require continuity of care, but cannot always travel each time to see their doctors. Telemedicine services like TouchCare provide added convenience, and are great for after hours care, follow up appointments and ongoing counseling. Studies actually show that people are more willing to discuss their inner thoughts virtually than to someone standing in front of them.

All virtual video appointments through TouchCare are conducted through a secure, HIPAA-compliant platform. TouchCare is free to use and download and appointments can be as quick and convenient as a FaceTime call.
Dr. Jennie Byrne is a psychiatrist in Chapel Hill, N.C. who uses TouchCare with her patients. Dr. Byrne works with her patients to optimize their mood and thinking so they can achieve their personal goals. She believes that good communication is essential to medical care and she uses TouchCare to actively communicate with patients, families, caregivers, and other health care providers.

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