Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) February 27, 2014
The doctor is in, but you don’t have to be. Telemedicine, or in this case, Telepsychiatry is a convenient option for Dr. Darvin Hege’s patients through online video sessions that can be accomplished from anywhere with WiFi, cellular service or Internet connectivity. Patients access the live session on a laptop or desktop computer, on an iPhone, Android, or Kindle Fire HD through use of an application that can be downloaded in just a few moments.
Telepsychiatry saw its early beginnings decades ago when it was used primarily as a way to reach patients in supervised sites such as hospitals, health care facilities, prisons and rural clinics. In addition to meeting the need for patients who would otherwise forgo regular psychiatric care, live interactive video conferencing benefits the busy patient who would like to have their session during a work break, or while out of town on business or vacation. Video sessions provide a better level of interactivity and connection than merely speaking over the phone.
"Online psychiatry sessions allow me to expand my Atlanta practice to provide treatment to some of my patients who live in other areas of Georgia," Dr. Hege says. "A number of patients already drive considerable distances."
In other rare circumstances, such as the two recent snow and ice events in the Atlanta metro area, video conferencing can also be a vital asset for existing patients who are unable to travel due to weather conditions.
At this time Dr. Hege requires an initial in-office visit. Once he determines patients are stable enough and would benefit from the option of live video conferencing, he would set up the session time, and provide them with the information to log in at a scheduled time. Also, the security and privacy of sessions is of the highest priority, and the program and software utilized by Dr. Hege ensures privacy with a security rating meeting stringent HIPAA requirements.
Dr. Darvin Hege has 25 years of experience helping adult patients who have ADHD, bipolar disorders, panic attacks, depression, stress and other mental health disorders. He offers flexible hours including evening and weekend office hours at his Atlanta, GA practice.