Imagine a world where kids can connect with a psychiatrist just by flipping on a monitor.
It’s here! Welcome to Telepsychiatry — an interactive video-based means of connecting patients to mental health services. NYU Langone is now making this service available through its network of school-based health programs.
“Today’s youth face enormous physical, emotional, and mental health challenges,” says Larry McReynolds, executive director, Family Health Centers at NYU Langone. “The demand across the country for pediatric and adolescent behavioral health services far exceeds the number of professionals trained in child and adolescent psychiatry. Telepsychiatry is a clinically and cost effective solution that also is easily accessible.”
Here’s how it works: before a video visit begins, the patient is seen in the school-based health center where vital signs, weight, and height are entered in order for a doctor to review, then the session begins. At the conclusion, a guardian discusses any further treatment options.