American Telehealth Association
Telehealth is the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, professional health-related education, public health, and health administration.
So how does this work for a patient? Well, for example, we have patients who live several hours away and normally would have to drive this long distance to Lincoln for a follow-up office visit. Some patients instead choose to go to a clinic near their home where we have Telehealth capability. At that site there is a private room set aside with a secure computer screen similar to a large flat-screen television. At the appointment time the patient talks with their Premier Psych Provider over this screen (think of Skype) for the visit just as if they were together in a room. Medications can be adjusted and new prescriptions written if needed just like when the patient is in Lincoln. The patient can come to an appointment in Lincoln at any time instead if they wish.
First Generation Telehealth Has Its Roots In Nebraska
The Nebraska Psychiatric Institute was one of the first facilities in the United States to have closed-circuit television in 1955. The demonstration allowed a two-way link between the psychiatric institute and Norfolk State Hospital, 112 miles away. The link was used for education and for consultations between specialists and general psychiatric practitioners.