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High-Tech Care on Display at Workshop

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Traditional methods of mental healthcare, including face-to-face meetings with a psychologist, were given a high-tech facelift at a demonstration July 21.

The National Center for Telehealth and Technology, or T2, presented a workshop at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, guiding providers on offering mental health services from a distance.

Armed With Science reports T2’s facelift on mental health services includes the use of videoconferencing technology. T2’s research said an estimated 87 million Americans live in places where care is scarce and up to 25 percent of service members screen positive for mental health concerns.

“The Department of Defense is pushing for this form of care because it’s a way to reach a lot of people who otherwise wouldn’t get care,” T2 clinical health psychologist Dr. Greg Kramer said.

Efforts to incorporate the use of remote technology into the Defense Department’s policies and procedures has increased in the late 2000s. T2 said it wants to offer more trainings and is considering offering separate sessions for those considering teletechnology, beginners and experienced clinicians.

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  1. I would be interested in receiving information as to where and when there are additional training sessions for the experienced clinician. I have used videoconferencing for several years now.

    Patrick J. Donley, MD
    Col. USA Inactive Reserve
    Board Certified Psychiatrist
    Distinguished Life Fellow APA

    University Place, WA 98466

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