Riverview Psychiatric Medicine PC is now offering an innovative HIPAA and HITECH compliant web-based telespychiatry program through Virtual Therapy Connect. Dr. Pardell has initiated a pilot program for his patients to assess its utility in our practice and if well-accepted it will be offered for other practitioners in our office. Many times patients are not able to attend their sessions in person because of scheduling conflicts, difficulty with transportation, and unexpected illnesses. Telepsychiatry has been obtaining growing acceptance in the US especially in providing care in under served regions. In a recent article in Current Psychiatry the author's conclusion states:
The exchange of medical information from 1 site to another by means of electronic communication has great potential to improve the health of patients and to alleviate the shortage of psychiatric practitioners across regions and settings.
Dr. Pardell will be offering a telepsychiatry option for his patients through Virtual Therapy Connect (VTC) which is a secure, confidential website that provides state of the art videoconferencing. Patients will be able to attend sessions in the comfort of their own homes if they have access to a webcam with a mic and/or headset, computer, tablet, or smart phone and internet connection. Because Dr. Pardell is a national speaker and thought leader he is often asked to give lectures and teach away from the local region. Dr. Pardell will be able to hold video sessions with VTC and help continue the care he provides with in person sessions when he is away from the office.
Click on the link below to see an instructional video about Virtual Therapy Connect.
How do I Start?
Our staff is trained in assisting our patients in setting up and starting VTC. We will show you on our computers or help walk you through it on the telephone with your computers at home to establish a VTC account and setting up your telepsychiatry appointment. The following website can instruct you on how to set up your application and prepare for your appointment.
Just click on this web link below or copy the following weblink: https://virtualtherapyconnect.com/getting-started2 and place it on your browser to learn about our new VTC telepsychiatry program.
Register with Virtual Therapy Connect.
Registration is quick and requires no credit card information! Just fill out this quick form to create a free user account. Following registration, you will be able to log into our site. Please note, the information you provide is completely confidential and will only be shared with a practitioner when you initiate a request to connect.Reach out and connect!
- Reach out and connect!
If you are an existing patient of one of VTC member therapists, connecting is easy. Browse to their name under “Find a Therapist,” click on their full profile, and then click at the top of the page “Request to Connect with Your Therapist.”
Arrange an Appointment
Arriving for your appointment is easy; just log into your free Virtual Therapy Connect account to access your practitioner’s private Virtual Office where you will be able to simply click a button to enter your therapist's waiting room when it is time for your on-line appointment. Your therapist will meet you in the waiting room when they are ready to connect for the scheduled session. It is so easy!
Payment for services will be through credit or debit card at time of session. Our Office Manager, Rosanna Rauch can discuss the billing and payment options for our telepsychiatry session. Don't hesitate to ask our administrative staff about the telepsychiatry program!