Reaching the Distance
What is Teletherapy?
According to the American Telemedicine Association, Telehealth or telemedicine is the delivery of health related services exchanged over a variety of applications and telecommunications technology. Beginning over 40 years ago in hospital care settings telehealth helped to serve individuals in remote geographic locations gain better access to healthcare services. Since that time telehealth has spread rapidly and continues to be integrated in various healthcare settings throughout the country including mental health care (psychiatry and psychology). Teletherapy more specifically, is the delivery of group or individual counseling sessions via the internet or telephone for the purpose of psychotherapy, coaching, supervision, or consultation. Service options available include VSEE, DoxyMe, Bluejeans or telephone.
See below for detailed descriptions.
Teletherapy seems to work well for those with limited access to care or who may be home-bound due to a physical injury or illlness. Teletherapy can help avoid long wait- list periods for an in-office provider and help to render services in a more timely fashion. Individuals hesitant about starting in-office therapy may feel more comfortable setting up a first time on-line session to ease their anxiety. Teletherapy can further be an efficient and cost effective option for busy parents, teachers, and primary care professionals who want to consult about a particular student or child without disrupting their entire work day.
Dr. Harrington accepts Teletherapy patients for Maine and New Hampshire residents.
Secure and Confidential
VSee is one of the preferred platforms for teletherapy. It's considered secure due to the level of encryption and according to it 's manufacturer's report, VSee meets the federal Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act's (HIPAA) acceptable privacy and confidentiality guidelines.
Doxy.me is a "Simple, free and secure" platform that works in your web browser. Unlike other telemedicine platforms there are no software downloads or plugins required.
Blue jeans is a cloud-based videoconferencing service.