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    I believe it is safe to say that Covid-19 has caused widespread disruption to life as we knew it. School, work, travel, relationships - all shaken up during the pandemic - and with it, our mental health. Some of the latest research has found that 25% of US adults are experiencing significantly more anxiety this year than in the past, and 20% are experiencing more symptoms of depression now than in the past. The research also shows that the volume of calls to helplines has increased significantly over the past year.

    The disruptions to everyday life have increased the need for behavioral health care – which has put an even greater demand on what was an already limited supply of mental health providers. Here at Telemynd, we’ve found that providing mental health care virtually, also known as telebehavioral health, has proved to be an effective way to make sure everyone seeking quality care has access. In fact, we believe that if there’s a silver lining to the pandemic, it’s that the adoption of telemedicine by the industry and consumers alike, has been accelerated by at least 5 years. Every indication points to telebehavioral health being here to stay, and if you’re a provider, there may be no need to return to your brick and mortar office.

    Research Supports Overall Satisfaction & Effectiveness For Patients & Providers

    One study published in JIMR Formative Research suggests that more than half of people using telehealth want to keep receiving that care virtually post-pandemic. Another study found that 78% of patients who use telebehavioral health are very or extremely satisfied with their telehealth experiences, and 75% are more likely to continue to use it after the pandemic.

    In addition, in a recent survey of employers who offer healthcare benefits, 90% report that their focus on telemedicine increased during the pandemic, and 52% say virtual medicine will continue to be an important priority within their organization’s health care activities following the pandemic.

    It’s clear that the demand is there for telebehavioral health - but is it effective? The answer is a resounding ‘yes’. A published literature review found without question that “behavioral health virtual visits deliver the same outcomes as in-person visits for many conditions, and meet the same standards of care set by the National Committee for Quality Association.” 

    Our Own Data Shows Record Growth Levels Beyond The Pandemic

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    At Telemynd, we’re seeing strong indications from payors and patients that telemedicine is their preferred method for the delivery of behavioral health care services. Between third quarter 2020 and second quarter 2021 we experienced 4X growth in new patients seeking mental health services, an upward trend we continued to see as we move through 2021 at a record-setting 61% increase in demand. Both clinicians and patients have demonstrated their ability to quickly adapt to telemedicine with no sign of slowing down, even in a post-pandemic world. 

    Telebehavioral Health Benefits — For Patients & Clinicians

    Many challenges have been addressed through the implementation of telebehavioral health, including:

    • Minimal wait to connect with a quality mental health professional

    • Expanded access for patients who may live in a rural area, have limited mobility, or reside in long-term care facilities

    • Saving time with virtual screenings and evaluations

    • Better treatment for chronic conditions and medication management

    • Personalized care from home, which promotes willingness to share in settings they’re already comfortable in

    • Eliminating the stigma often associated with seeking mental health services and providing additional patient privacy

    For clinicians, telebehavioral health has many benefits as well, such as:

    • Removing the overhead and upkeep of a physical location

    • More flexibility to schedule clients at a pace and level that supports your needs

    • Added freedom to travel while seeing patients anywhere in the country

    • Simple and reliable weekly income direct deposited with complete remittance reports from our finance team

    All of these benefits lead to a true work-life balance. Telebehavioral health is a win-win for clinicians and their patients!

    Telebehavioral Health Allows Clinicians To Be Better At What They Do

    With all the benefits and studies showing adoption and effectiveness, telebehavioral health can now be considered a fundamental component of our healthcare environment – in other words, it’s here to stay. Telemynd helps each provider who joins to expand their practice and eliminate the administrative burden. Giving reliable income and the ability to focus on what matters most — delivering quality mental health care to patients.

    Sources
    Futurity
    Willis Towers Watson
    American Psychological Association
    Journal of Internal Medicine

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