TelePsychiatry: Revolutionizing Behavioral & Mental Health Care

TelePsychiatry: Revolutionizing Behavioral & Mental Health Care

In honor of May being National Mental Health Awareness Month, we at TeleQuality think it’s the perfect time to highlight how technology is transforming one of the most misunderstood and most important areas of medicine. We’re proud to serve various behavioral health, mental health, community service boards, and MHMR providers making a difference in their communities across the country. This month is the perfect time to honor the hardworking mental health organizations in our nation by featuring how telemedicine is transforming the delivery and quality of care for mental and behavioral health patients.


So how are broadband, health IT, and 21st century technology solutions impacting mental health care? Let’s dive into the world of telepsychiatry and telemental health to learn how they’re expanding access to mental health care like we’ve never seen before.

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May is Mental Health Month in America

Rural Health Telecom℠

Rural Health Telecom℠

Since 1949, the month of May has been observed around the country as “Mental Health Month."  This year, Mental Health America (MHA), formerly known as the National Mental Health Association, is actively engaging people across the country in its awareness program called “Pathways to Wellness.”  MHA’s key message is that wellness is essential to each of us being able to lead a full and productive life.  Wellness is not just a physical state, but our mental well-being as well.

The key steps to wellness include:

  • A Balanced Diet
  • Regular Exercise
  • Enough Sleep
  • A Sense of Self-Worth
  • Development of Coping Skills that Promote Resiliency
  • Emotional Awareness
  • Connections to Family, Friends and the Community

Rural Health Telecom℠ is pleased to help spread the word about the importance of keeping our minds healthy. In fact, MHA reports that one recent study said everyone should get their mental health checked as often as they get a physical, and many doctors routinely screen for mental health, which typically include a series of questions about lifestyle, eating and drinking habits and mental wellness. But a checkup doesn’t necessarily require a special trip to the doctor. There are also online screening tools you can use. While conditions like depression are common—roughly 1 in 5 Americans have a mental health condition—they are treatable.

Rural Health Telecom’s℠ unique healthcare focus keeps us in tune with these efforts across the country.  Our company’s work helps physicians manage data and records so they can more efficiently serve their patients.

For example, Timber Hills Mental Health in Mississippi, began working with Rural Health Telecom℠ in an effort to upgrade its data handling systems.  We designed a telecom network for 19 facilities that increased their bandwidth and data capacity by 500 percent.  Timber Hills now processes patient records and payments more efficiently, accesses EHR records and transports large files much, much quicker. We also monitor the system to assist them in managing services to minimize any downtime.

One very important point to that story is that we helped Timber Hills leverage federal dollars so they could acquire that huge data handling bandwidth on a tight budget.

We know our role in helping doctors provide great patient care is important, especially in rural areas of the country.  So we want to thank Mental Health America and the thousands of mental health care professionals across the country for their service to our communities.

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Tim Koxlien CEO Rural Health Telecom℠