If last week's Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) is a barometer, tomorrow's patients will have no trouble seeing their psychiatrists online.
CloudVisit Telemedicine, makers of a SaaS (software and a service) HIPAA-compliant telemedicine platform, welcomed volumes of tech-savvy residents and experienced doctors primed and ready to practice telepsychiatry. While the interest spanned generations, psychiatry residents lead the telepsychiatry charge and unlike some predecessors, they're steering clear of Skype. CloudVisit Telemedicine, exhibitors at the APA meeting in New York, met with psychiatrists to share their easy-to-use, affordable telepsychiatry platform. With unanimous positivity, both U.S. and international doctors expressed enthusiasm about the future of online psychiatry and the opportunity to launch their own telepsychiatry practices.
"We received tremendously positive feedback from new and experienced psychiatrist," said Daniel Gilbert, president and CEO of CloudVisit Telemedicine. "The majority of those we spoke with are eager to see their patients online. They're ready, which is great news for patients."
CloudVisit gives healthcare professionals their own, secure website for conducting telepsychiatry. Appointment schedules, session fees, and patients are fully managed by each provider allowing complete practice autonomy. This freedom from the constraints of antiquated telepsychiatry networks was met with resounding delight. Unlike some networks that charge upwards of 40 percent per session and retain the rights to a doctor's patients, CloudVisit's no-contract plan starts at just $100 per month for unlimited sessions.
"The doctors were very impressed with CloudVisit's capabilities and the independence that we offer," said Gilbert. "By charging only a flat monthly fee and allowing providers to preserve their hard-earned patient relationships, we make the decision to integrate telepsychiatry much easier. Plus, they have the assurance of remaining HIPAA compliant with CloudVisit."
Psychiatrists, psychologists steering clear of Skype
While the majority of show attendees admitted seeing patients via Skype at one time or another, nearly all were aware that the platform is no longer HIPAA compliant. Last month, the American Psychological Association echoed these concerns, issuing a warning to its members against the use of Skype and other free video alternatives, citing their lack of Business Associate Agreements (BAA), audit controls, and breach notifications.
With CloudVisit, providers are assured complete HIPAA-compliant business standards, web hosting, and data encryption, all backed by the HIPAA-required BAA.
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