Chicago—Some psychiatrists believe that
telemedicine—care provided through telecommunication—will help
improve mental health treatment for older patients in rural areas and nursing
homes, but nonmedical barriers have limited its use. That may be changing
as technology improves and regulations ease.
"This is part of the future in psychogeriatric services," said Beverly
N. Jones III, MD, medical director of inpatient services at Wake Forest University
Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC, at the International Psychogeriatric
Association meeting held in August in Chicago. "With many underserved populations,
all aspects of telecommunication promise great results."
Mitka M. Telemedicine Eyed for Mental Health Services. JAMA. 2003;290(14):1842-1843. doi:10.1001/jama.290.14.1842