May 18th, 2022
Before the current pandemic, it was uncommon for health practices to facilitate virtual telehealth. However, many practices now request patients to set appointments via the internet now. Many mental health services have also transitioned to primarily virtual therapy through telemedicine services.
Due to this new change, it may be difficult for many individuals to understand how therapy can be provided over a virtual space. Many individuals may fear confidentiality risks, discomfort utilizing technology, and how to prepare.
First it is important to understand what telehealth is:
Telehealth is a method of delivery for medical practices to serve patients at a distance with utilization of video and audio telecommunication. It can help individuals get services that are inaccessible due to barriers such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Other barriers may include distance, time, and lack of mobility.
Telehealth can be used to in multiple settings such as at home, medical offices, schools, hospitals, residences, and nursing home facilities. Telehealth is used for initial appointments, follow-up visits, medication management, psychotherapy services, and general test results or health questions.
It is important to know that due to the current precedent times, your insurance providers must offer telehealth coverages. All states with Medicare or Medicaid programs must offer access to secure telehealth services. If you have any questions, please call your insurance provider for more information.
Finally, all telehealth services are secure, private and confidential. A provider’s #1 priority is to provide a secure platform to protect any individual’s identity and privacy in accordance with HIPPA guidelines. Only you and your provider will have access to a telehealth link via Zoom, Google Meets, or other platforms that with have factors in place to secure the appointment.
To help ease any discomfort here is how you can prepare for your first telehealth appointment for mental health services:
To schedule your telehealth appointment with a mental health provider, please visit the Clarity Clinic website, or follow the link below, and schedule your appointment today.
Written By: Khadija Manzoor, LPC
At Clarity Clinic, we have highly trained staff who specialize in therapy and psychiatry services. To learn more about how we can support your mental health, call Clarity Clinic on (312) 815-9660 or schedule an appointment today.
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