Students take deep dive into field of telemental health

March 2, 2018 | Karen Feldscher |If a psychiatrist meets with a patient “virtually,” through videoconferencing, can privacy be assured?

Do insurance companies reimburse for virtual visits? How would those rates compare with face-to-face visits?

From left to right: McLean Hospital’s Susan Szulewski, Catharyn Gildesgame, and Diane Bedell, and Harvard Chan DrPH students Bryan O. Buckley, Allen Chia En Lien, and Mohd Lutfi Fadil Bin Lokman
Photo: Kent Dayton

What are the federal and state regulations regarding telemental health?

These are some of the questions that a team of three first-year doctor of public health (DrPH) candidates at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health tackled for their field practice in January, working under the guidance of clinical teams and strategic planners at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass., one of the nation’s top psychiatric hospitals.

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