Emergency departments arenâ€™t always well equipped to handle behavioral health patients, resulting in evaluation, admittance, transfer, or discharge delays. Telebehavioral health changes the equation, delivering cost-effective, appropriate care that decreases length of stay and increases patient and staff satisfaction.
Research has found…
â€œContracting with an off-site telemedicine-based collaborative care team can yield better outcomes than implementing practice-based collaborative care with locally available staff.â€
Fortney, J. et al. (2013). Practice-based versus telemedicine-based collaborative care for depression in rural federally qualified health centers: A pragmatic randomized comparative effectiveness trial. American Journal of Psychiatry, 170(4), 414-425.