The appeal of telemedicine is clear, especially for psychiatrists. We are in great demand, and there aren’t enough of us to meet the demand—especially in rural counties. Patients and doctors alike are increasingly realizing that telehealth can save them time and money. Here's the information you need to start practicing online.
Dr. Jon Elhai discusses ways psychiatrists and psychologists can responsibly implement tele-communication methods in their practice, including encrypted emails, text messages, and video chat. The conversation covers how doctors can maintain HIPAA-compliance as they pursue an online practice.
Applying HIPAA to telemedicine has proven to be pretty tricky. A decade ago, most of us believed that the only way to ensure secure videoconferencing was to pay for expensive “HIPAA-compliant” videoconferencing equipment. But things are changing.
Dr. Aiken is the Editor in Chief of The Carlat Psychiatry Report; director of the Mood Treatment Center in North Carolina, where he maintains a private practice combining medication and therapy along with evidence-based complementary and alternative treatments; and Assistant Professor NYU Langone Department of Psychiatry. He has worked as a research assistant at the NIMH and a sub-investigator on clinical trials, and conducts research on a shoestring budget out of his private practice. Follow him on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.