TAMPA – The growth of telepsychiatry has been driven largely by needs of access, particularly in rural areas without specialists. But telemedicine is convenient, and those growing up with computers, smartphones, and other technology are going to demand this type of access to their clinicians, according to a leader of a course on telepsychiatry at the annual meeting of the American College of Psychiatrists.
“Digital natives – the consumers – are going to drive the use of technology more and more. They are used to videoconferencing. They want to see their doctors over video. They want to communicate via text and email. They want that convenience, and they are much more comfortable with it,” said James (Jay) H. Shore, MD, director of telemedicine at the Johnson Depression Center at the University of Colorado Denver.
Meanwhile, telepsychiatry is evolving, allowing for more sophisticated approaches and expanded applications.