10 ways telemedicine is changing healthcare IT

By Brian Eastwood , CIO |  Unified Communications, health care, teleconferencing

9. Provide Mental Health Consultations to Children

Traumatic events can have a dramatic effect on children, especially if they already suffer from mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety or hyperactivity. That's why the Robert Wood John Foundation and the University of Texas Medical Branch established a Telemedicine for School-Based Mental Health program in Galveston, where the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and Ike in 2008 left many children in emotional distress.

A report prepared at the conclusion of the six-year project showed that the teleconferencing counseling sessions were the first consultations with a mental health professional for many students. (Sixty percent of participants did not have health insurance.) Overall, nearly 70% of parents and guardians said the sessions helped their children perform better in school, and the telemedicine program as a whole helped Galveston County fill a need to treat students with severe mental health challenges, the report says.

10. Improve Rural Healthcare Around the World

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