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Mental Health Hybrid Care – Combining In‐​Person Consults with Telepsychiatry to Achieve a New Standard of Practice

Posted on: July 13th, 2016 by Andrew Saluke

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A Hybrid Model of Telemental Health and In‐​Person Visits

A variety of factors are driving a new, hybrid model of behavioral health. The demonstrated effectiveness of telemental health, the location and shortage of behavioral health clinicians, patient demographic factors, and economics are combining to create a new standard of practice. This is particularly the case in integrated primary care models of treatment for adults with depression, anxiety and PTSD, and for children with ADHD.

This customized hybrid delivery of behavioral health services has the potential to enable collaborative and patient‐​focused care with a higher standard than has been possible in the past. Telemedicine offers benefits such as expanded accessibility, the reduction of mental health disparities and a more flexible doctor‐​patient relationship.

International telepsychiatry pioneer Dr. Peter Yellowlees shares his bold vision for the future of behavioral health, including strategies and tactics for leveraging real‐​time telepsychiatry and asynchronous telepsychiatry.

sample telemental health applications

Watch this webinar on strategies and practical tactics for combining in‐​person visits with telepsychiatry and other technology tools.


Telemental Health Challenges

Telemental health still faces challenges, as do other telemedicine specialties. The live audience was polled on this topic, and the most frequently cited challenge was reimbursement.

challenges for telemental health

Who Should View the Recorded Telemental Health Webinar

  • Hospital and health system strategy officers and executives
  • Telemedicine program directors, managers and coordinators
  • Psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals
  • Primary Care Providers


Additional Research on Uses of Telemental Health

For an exhaustive look at empirical evidence supporting the use of telemedicine interventions in patients with mental disorders, you may wish to review the following article:

The Empirical Evidence for Telemedicine Interventions in Mental Disorders
Telemed J E Health 2015 Dec 1. Epub 2015 Dec 1.
Rashid L Bashshur, Gary W Shannon, Noura Bashshur, Peter M Yellowlees


About the Presenter:

Dr. Peter Yellowlees is vice chair for faculty development and professor of psychiatry at UC Davis. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine’s review committee evaluating the national VA mental health services for veterans, a board member of the American Telemedicine Association, and is also on the board of HealthLinkNow Inc. He is an experienced speaker and media commentator who has a number of research interests and is presently working on projects involving Internet e‐​mail and video consultation services and the development and validation of asynchronous telepsychiatry. Dr. Yellowlees has worked in public and private sectors in the United States, Australia and the UK, in academia, and in rural settings. He has published five books and over 200 scientific articles and book chapters. Most recently, he became the President‐​Elect of the American Telemedicine Association.

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