Smartphone applications to shop, hail a car, book a room, or stream your favorite songs and films has made life so much more convenient. And now when it comes to receiving outstanding, convenient medical care, there’s an ap for that too. It’s called “telemedicine” and it’s revolutionizing the way health care is provided – especially in the field of mental health. Simply put, telemedicine uses smart technology to securely and confidentially provide medical treatment without face to face office visits. If you are seeking mental health treatment but, for whatever reason, find it hard to access care – especially if you are a veteran – you may want to look into the many benefits of telemedicine. Here’s why telemedicine may have you re-looking at mental health care.
Both civilian and VA medical providers offer outstanding service, but sometimes scheduling can take weeks, even months. And if you are a veteran living with anxiety, PTSD, military sexual trauma, or depression, that wait can be agonizing. With telemedicine, one can expect expanded hours and less waiting. When care can’t wait, it’s comforting to know that it doesn’t have to. Simply download the app at your convenience, then work with the providers to schedule an appointment time that works for you.
The decision to seek care for a mental health issue is both brave and highly personal; there is nothing more important than establishing trust and confidentiality with your provider. Telemedicine providers like Florida’s eMedNow take your privacy very seriously and do everything to ensure HIPAA laws are adhered to. The telemedicine aps are secure and HIPAA compliant; no information is shared with your other medical providers unless you want it to be. Even then, your information is shared in such a way that can’t be compromised.
With sometimes weekly or even bi-weekly sessions, seeking long-term mental health treatment can be an exercise in time management – that may mean missing work, finding care for the kids, driving across town and parking. Telemedicine provides the option to conduct secure, intimate sessions with a qualified provider through the convenience of a smartphone or tablet. Sessions may be conducted in one’s home, in a private space at work, even in one’s car while waiting for the kids to finish practice. This convenience lessens the possibility of missing appointments (and paying for cancellation fees) while allowing patients to commit to long-term, consistent care and follow-up.
For Vets, with Vets
Veteran-centric providers like eMDnow offer veterans the opportunity to work with specially trained, veteran-friendly providers. That’s because the providers at eMDnow are either veterans themselves or have supported the VA system as providers. When it comes to mental healthcare, they understand the unique needs of veterans and their families. This translates well to those who might not have served in the military, but have experienced trauma or catastrophic situations that require caring, understanding and helpful counseling.
Many healthcare providers do offer the benefits of telemedicine, but not all practices are Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses that include Tricare in their list of accepted insurances. eMDNow is in fact a SDVOSB that not only accepts Tricare, but is Medicare compliant and takes many major insurances.
Telemedicine Here in Florida
If you are tired of long lines at the VA or want a medical provider you can rely on in real time, consider the many benefits of eMDnow. We provide both telemedicine and in-office medical and mental health services to vets and non-vets alike. Besides mental health care, we also treat any variety of acute conditions – from colds, sore throats and earaches to back pain and urinary tract infections. Plus, with wellness counseling that includes nutrition and exercise, heart disease and cholesterol, we can help you manage a healthy lifestyle. What are you waiting for? Call eMDNow at (800) 511-0497 or download the ap to request an appointment today.