Telemedicine Fills Gaps in Addiction Treatment Infrastructure
By John Korangy, MD, MPH, DABR
The widespread abuse of heroin and opioid pills has officially created a public health emergency. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that opioids kill approximately 115 people in the United States every day. By itself, the opioid epidemic is placing a major strain on the nation’s mental health and addiction services.
While the magnitude and gravity of the opioid crisis dominate the public discussion surrounding addiction treatment, the abuse of other substances, like alcohol, cocaine, and methamphetamines, continues to endanger the health of millions of Americans.
By automating processes and bridging distance, telemedicine technology has the power to support the medical treatment of substance abuse and reduce barriers to care for both patients and providers. Indeed, telemedicine has the capacity bring accessibility and efficiency to substance abuse treatment programs in the United States, thereby filling in gaps that exist in patient care.
What does addiction treatment look like in telemedicine? And how can CareClix help?
Substance abuse treatment via telemedicine looks a lot like regular substance abuse treatment. It’s a one-on-one meeting via secure video conference; it’s a group therapy session accessible on a website or a mobile app; it’s lab results sent back to your office electronically; it’s the freedom to prescribe medication; it’s the ability to make medical referrals instantly.
With telemedicine, your practice can reach patients who live in remote areas, who are caring for loves ones and can’t leave their homes, whose mental illness makes in-person visits a challenge, or who are in need of immediate care.
CareClix can provide the online platforms, the medical equipment, and the technology you need to incorporate telemedicine into your substance abuse treatment practice.
What products can CareClix provide?
CareClix can provide an online platform that allows you and your patients to communicate face-to-face from your computer or phone. CareClix can also provide the medical equipment you and your patients need to monitor their conditions, via our state of the art medical carts and online exam rooms.
CareClix products support:
Remote patient monitoring:CareClix technology makes it possible for you to check vital signs, order urine tests, and electronically track health data points electronically, instantly, and securely. CareClix online platforms are already compatible with hundreds of commonly available medical devices, making it easy to integrate your existing equipment into the CareClix system. CareClix can also provide you with relevant medical devices to support your practice, all of which can be electronically connected to CareClix’s integrated online system.
Online medical suites: CareClix products make it possible for you to video conference with patients struggling with addiction via website or mobile app, prescribe medication, accept appointments online, track and verify insurance claims, and automate reimbursement workflow.
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John Korangy, MD
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About the Author:
Dr. Korangy is the Cofounder of CareClix, a pioneer in the field of telemedicine, and a widely respected doctor with more than a decade of experience working as a physician. Dr. Korangy specializes in radiology, and understands firsthand the many challenges facing doctors and patients in today’s evolving economic and political environments. Dr. Korangy is committed to improving service delivery to patients throughout the United States, and to supporting the medical community in expanding what is possible for care. He received his medical degree from George Washington University and received medical training at Georgetown University.