September 28, 2022
A trip to a healthcare provider used to require scheduling, sometimes, months in advance. Maybe you needed to take time off of work or perhaps you had to drive clear across town. But telehealth is changing all of that. What is telehealth, exactly, and how does it work? Let’s find out.
Telehealth (also called telemedicine or online therapy) means an individual meets with their healthcare provider using an internet-enabled device. The device they use might be their smartphone, computer, or tablet. Telehealth appointments often happen via video call, so that the client and healthcare professional can still meet face to face.
Since telemedicine eliminates the need for in-person appointments, they may include secure ways to communicate outside of the appointment. For instance, the provider might use instant messaging, email messaging, or online file exchange.
Telemedicine skyrocketed in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic. It offers providers and clients a way to continue communicating while reducing everyone’s exposure to the virus.
But telemedicine offers many other benefits:
Telehealth is a cost-effective, seamless way for people to get the healthcare they need.
If a client is wondering how to use telehealth, it’s not all that different from in-person visits! So, how do telehealth appointments work?
Typically, before the appointment, the client will receive a link or log-in information to join the video call. At the designated time of their appointment, all a person has to do is click the link or sign on, and the provider will meet them in the online private consultation room.
During a telemedicine visit, the provider will assess the client's current state, any medication they’re taking (and side effects, if applicable), the need for a refill, and any other matters the client wishes to discuss.
Especially when it comes to mental healthcare, telehealth can serve as an adequate replacement for in-office visits with a therapist.
A shorter list is what telehealth can’t do. For more severe conditions, a person might need a more hands-on approach to come up with a diagnosis and treatment plan.
With the stigma around mental health treatment, telemedicine has been a game-changer. It offers individuals a secure, private, convenient, and more affordable way to get the support a person needs..
With Cerebral, individuals can sign up for a monthly subscription that provides them with ongoing, comprehensive care and medication management. We’re able to treat:
Individuals also come to us for help with:
If someone is interested in telehealth with Cerebral, the first step is to take our free emotional assessment. This helps us to better understand their current state, symptoms, and goals.
Then, they can choose a subscription plan that suits their needs. (Some are only available in certain states.) The options are:
Cerebral respects that there’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to mental healthcare. This is why we’re proud to offer various telehealth plans to fit a range of needs, goals, and budgets. If you or someone you know is ready to ask for help, start with our free emotional assessment, and someone from our team will be in touch.
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