First Telemedicine Clinic Opens in Florida
Telemedicine is making strides to help homebound patients and people in rural areas receive the treatment and medical attention they need. In addition to being a benefit to patients with chronic illnesses that need monitoring, telemedicine is an asset to mental health patients, as well, allowing them to receive the counseling they need without having to find an office in a convenient location.
A study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found that telemedicine was an effective way to treat children with ADHD and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD.) During the study, children were randomly assigned to two groups. The first group would receive combined pharmacotherapy in six sessions, supervised by a child psychiatrist via videoconferencing, meaning the patients were treated with psychotherapy and medication. The second group of children received treatment with their primary care providers, though this treatment was supplemented by telemedicine consultations.
While children in both groups showed improvement, the children in the first group experienced a significantly higher rate of improvement. Families who participated in the study expressed enormous gratitude, as many of the children had been previously exposed to both therapy and medication but showed no signs of improvement.
If you wish to receive treatment by telemedicine, you don’t have to wait around for the next study to be held, especially if you live in Florida. The first HIPAA-compliant telemedicine technology has been approved for use as a clinic in Florida. Called ClickAClinic, the technology was developed by a Wellington chiropractor who also owns a drug rehabilitation center in Lake Worth.
ClickAClinic providers are required to be M.D. physicians, nurse practitioners, or physicians’ assistants, in order to provide the appropriate level of care. ClickAClinic accepts insurance, and non-Floridian patients should be aware that 22 states require insurers to reimburse patients for telemedicine visits at the same rate as in-person visits.
Telemedicine is a great solution to the problem of the healthcare provider shortage that affects children with mental illnesses and neurotypical adult patients alike. When used in conjunction with regular medical care, telemedicine can be a great tool to help patients on the path to wellness.