What is telepsychiatry (telemedicine psychiatry)?
Telepsychiatry, telemedicine psychiatry, is a new, safe, and rapidly growing way for patients to connect with psychiatrists virtually rather than face-to-face. While Dr. Kim will always highly value the in-person encounter (after all, we are complex, whole human beings), these are highly unusual times and circumstances. Telemedicine psychiatry or telepsychiatry describes the practice of seeing patients through the use of a video conference platform instead of a traditional face-to-face visit. Through this application of telemedicine, a patient’s psychiatric needs can be assessed, and care can occur through videoconferencing. Dr. Andrea Kim can meet patients in real-time, using a secure video conferencing technology that allows for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions.
How does telepsychiatry work?
The setup will be similar to a traditional visit, but over a video platform called Spruce Health. Spruce Health is a HIPAA-compliant phone and video app, and your information will be securely stored. You can use Spruce Health on your phone, your tablet, or your computer. Once connected, Dr. Kim will see the patient in real-time where she can deliver live, interactive communication.