Winona Health is set to begin offering telepsychiatry services to expand access to mental health expertise.
Director of Behavioral Health, John Rislove, says "telepsychiatry is behavioral health care delivered through a video system in a secure, private place.
Rislove said that telepsychiatry services have proved to be as effective as in-person services, with the only difference being that the provider is not in the same room. He describes the visit to have the feel of a skype or facetime visit but through a more secure communication network.
Winona Health is offering telepsychiatry, beginning this month, as a way to counteract a nationwide shortage of psychiatrist providers. Telepsychiatry professionals are experts in their field and are trained in providing quality care using technology.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with a mental health professional, call Winona Health Psychiatric and Counseling Services at 454-2606......