TeleMental Health is one of the specialty medical services utilizing videoconferencing equipment. Psychiatrists and Mental Health professionals can see patients in a variety of settings with the privacy and confidentiality of a HIPAA compliant system.
TeleMental Health services are being provided across the USA. In many states and towns, this is accomplished by the use of videoconferencing between the psychiatrist and the person receiving the service. It is most often used in rural areas where there are not enough psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, or social workers. Medicaid does not cover it if the patient lives in large metropolitan area. However, Camino Real MHMR (TX) does use TeleMental Health extensively for many years to provide services to many persons in counties surrounding San Antonio.