Share Medical Center Launches New Telepsychiatry Program
Share Medical Center and St. Anthony Hospital are excited to announce the launch of the newest component of its existing telemedicine program- telepsychiatry.
The program will largely be used for children and adolescent psychiatric care. Because of the option to utilize remote providers, telemedicine represents unprecedented access to specialists like child and adolescent psychiatrists who are difficult to have on staff in rural and underserved areas.
The need for care in rural Oklahoma is immense, with few specialty health care providers available for a population spread out over many miles. A recent report by the United Health Foundation listed Oklahoma as one of the unhealthiest states in the nation, ranked 48th based on measures of health outcomes, disease rates and access to care. Many residents live more than four hours away from the metro area and have extremely limited access to specialty services. With telemedicine services like telepsychiatry, this enables patients to stay closer to home and avoid the time and expense of travel to see a specialist.
“We are fortunate to have the technology available to provide this much needed service for our communities,” said Kandice Allen, Chief Executive Officer of Share Medical Center.
A striking 96 percent of US counties have a shortage of psychiatric prescribers, but by leveraging technology, existing psychiatric prescribers and specialists are able to extend the hospital’s reach into rural areas of the state.
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