Orbit Health Collaborates with Non-profit to Provide Telepsychiatry Services to COVID-19 Patients

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In partnership with a California-based non-profit, Orbit Health Telepsychiatry has begun providing mental health services to homeless patients in Orange County, CA, who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Orbit Health Telepsychiatry has partnered with a California-based non-profit to provide mental health services to homeless patients in Orange County, CA, who have tested positive for COVID-19. After they have been screened and tested positive, patients who are homeless in Orange County are provided with temporary housing in nearby hotels. These hotels have been modified to allow for safe medical monitoring and treatment while remaining in isolation, minimizing the risk of spreading the virus. While there, the patients have access to mental health care through telepsychiatry. Orbit Health's telepsychiatry platform utilizes state-of-the-art, HIPAA compliant video-conferencing that is also portable, allowing high-quality mental health care anywhere it is needed.

"Many in our homeless population suffer from some form of mental illness or drug use, or both. On top of that, they are now stricken with COVID-19. By leveraging our technology platforms, we are able to bring much needed mental health care to these patients, no matter where they are physically located," said Dr. Varin Gosein, CMO of Orbit Health, who has been overseeing this service. Utilizing telehealth, patients are being provided with psychiatric evaluations, medication management, crisis management, risk assessment and referrals for care. "It is a chance to get this at-risk population engaged in mental health treatment. For some, this will be the first time ever seeing a psychiatrist, which can be a very pivotal moment in their lives," said Dr. Gosein.

About Orbit Health Telepsychiatry

Orbit Health Telepsychiatry is a telehealth company focused on providing services to vulnerable and marginalized populations. Led by a CEO and CMO with extensive forensic and correctional experience, Orbit Health's goal is to help break the cycle of mass incarceration, beginning with the homeless population, who are particularly susceptible to being incarcerated. "We welcome any chance to help vulnerable populations. We don't see barriers to care; we see challenges that require innovative and thoughtful solutions. And we're ready to solve them," said Dr. Edward Kaftarian, CEO of Orbit Health.

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