Integrated Care:
Bringing Psychiatrists to the Primary Care Setting Virtually

What if instead of referring your patients to see a psychiatrist and experiencing significant wait times, the psychiatrist could come to your primary care office virtually and see your patients in a timely manner?

This is possible with an integrated care partnership with innovaTel Telepsychiatry!

Statistics

Over 60% of primary care visits are mental health related.

The national average wait time for patients to see a mental health professional is 7.5 weeks, in many communities, it can be months.

What is integrated care?

Integrated care is the coordination of general and behavioral health care. It has produced  the best outcomes and is the most effective approach to caring for patients with multiple healthcare needs. Primary care settings have become the gateway to the behavioral health system, and primary care providers need support and resources to screen and treat patients. 

Integrated Care telepsychiatry

Behavioral Health Services & Integrated Care

Behavioral health statistics tell us that many patients are seeking mental health care with their primary care provider. There are a few factors that can lead to this:

  • Patients have an established relationship and are more comfortable with their primary care provider.
  • Patients don’t want to see a psychiatrist due to the mental health stigma.
  • The wait times are too long to see a psychiatrist and access to care is faster in the primary care setting.
In a typical primary care office, primary care clinicians are challenged with accessing psychiatric resources and patients are often referred to a psychiatrist where they are faced with long wait times for an appointment.
 
When patients are referred out, two things can happen that lead to a decrease in treatment outcomes:
  • The patient may not follow through with the referral.
  • The patient follows the referral, but experiences significant wait times to see a psychiatrist and cause delay in treatment.