Achieve TMS, the nation’s leading provider of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy, is dedicated to patient safety. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we are providing telemedicine appointments to allow patients to begin the TMS therapy process remotely and obtain insurance approval.
What Is Telemedicine?
Telemedicine involves the use of HIPPA-compliant electronic communications and software to provide clinical services to patients outside of a traditional doctor’s office or hospital.
Patients may use telemedicine appointments for medication management, specialist visits, follow-up doctor’s visits, and management of chronic medical conditions. At Achieve TMS, telemedicine may be used for initial patient consultations and evaluations.
How Does Telemedicine Work?
To undergo a telemedicine appointment, a patient only needs secure video and audio connections. A patient can connect to a remote appointment on a laptop or desktop computer, smartphone, or tablet, and have a real-time, face-to-face conversation with a medical professional.
Each telemedicine appointment is subject to HIPAA regulations, so a patient won’t be able to access the appointment via Skype or FaceTime. Instead, the patient is provided with software that meets HIPAA guidelines for telemedicine. The software is simple to install and ensures any information a patient or medical professional shares during the appointment remains secure and confidential.
Telemedicine appointments are conducted much in the same way that a patient completes a traditional in-office visit. The patient arrives at the agreed-upon time for the telemedicine appointment and logs in to a virtual waiting room. Once the telemedicine appointment begins, the patient can share any concerns or questions with a medical professional, then receive information or materials to manage their health accordingly.
How Does Telemedicine Impact Mental Health?
Telemedicine may be a great option for patients seeking treatment for major depressive disorder (MDD) or other mood disorders, and it may be used on its own or in combination with in-person mental health therapy appointments.
With telemedicine, a patient won’t have to leave home to meet with a mental health professional. This may help a patient comply with a mental health therapy program, as well as maintain regular contact with their provider.
Telemedicine can help a patient feel supported when undergoing mental health therapy. Since patients can quickly and easily access their therapy provider via remote video sessions, patients may receive faster responses to any concerns or questions. This may also lead to improved outcomes for patients and help patients effectively manage any mood disorder symptoms over time.
How Does Telemedicine Compare to Conventional Mental Health Care?
In many instances, telemedicine may be just as safe as going to an office to meet with a mental health professional for in-person care. A patient can discuss any mental health concerns or questions in a safe, comfortable setting, and all information is protected.
Every patient is different, and not all patients may be good candidates for telemedicine. For those who are weighing telemedicine, discussing treatment options with their mental health provider is important. This allows the patient and provider to determine if telemedicine may be beneficial.
If a patient is deemed a good candidate for telemedicine, in-person and remote appointments may be used at first. As a patient becomes more accustomed to meeting with their therapy provider remotely, the patient may fully transition to telemedicine appointments.
How Has Telemedicine Evolved in the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic?
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many patients dealing with mood disorders to practice social distancing to help control the spread of coronavirus. Now, with telemedicine, these patients can also receive remote care as much as possible.
Telemedicine appointments encourage patients who were previously dealing with mood disorder symptoms to continue their therapy program while they work to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Patients can use telemedicine software and other technologies to stay at home and conduct remote therapy sessions and avoid the risk of forgoing therapy sessions altogether.
COVID-19 has caused extreme stress and worry for many people, and telemedicine appointments may be used to help manage anxiety, depression, and other mood disorder symptoms that occur during the pandemic.
If people start to feel overwhelmed by the pandemic, telemedicine allows them to get help to cope with their feelings and manage their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
Achieve TMS Provides Telemedicine Appointments to Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Achieve TMS is providing HIPAA-compliant telemedicine appointments when needed for new and existing patients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our telemedicine appointments are available to those seeking initial consultations, evaluations, and follow-ups. We are also providing free consultations over the phone so that patients can start the TMS therapy insurance approval process remotely. Due to current events, we encourage you to begin your intake process now to account for any delays that insurance companies may experience in the coming days.
Achieve TMS is available to provide telemedicine support to patients for consultations, evaluations, and follow-up appointments. To learn more or to schedule a telemedicine appointment with Achieve TMS, please call or text us today at 877-871-6379.