In the modern world of technology, telemedicine is playing an increasingly larger role in health care. At Holistic Psychiatry, Meredith Sagan, MD, offers telepsych services to her clients in Santa Monica, California, allowing them to receive the mental health care they need if they can’t make it to the office. If you’d like to learn more about the telemedicine services at Holistic Psychiatry, call or use the online scheduling tool to set up a consultation.
Thanks to advances in technology, telemedicine is becoming an increasingly popular way of ensuring that you get your health care needs met. According to the United States government, telemedicine is defined as a way to, “improve a patient's health by permitting two-way, real-time interactive communication between the patient, and the physician or practitioner at the distant site. This electronic communication means the use of interactive telecommunications equipment that includes, at a minimum, audio and video equipment.”
Ultimately, telemedicine allows you to receive continuing care without interruption due to disability, absence, or simply for convenience’s sake.
As a therapist, Dr. Sagan still believes that the best work is done through direct, one-on-one interaction. But Dr. Sagan also understands that there are certain circumstances in which you may not be able to get to her office, which is why she offers therapy sessions via VSee, a HIPAA-compliant video chat service.
Dr. Sagan offers telepsych sessions for initial appointments as well as follow up sessions. However, telepsych sessions are only available to residents of California.
If you and Dr. Sagan agree to a telepsych appointment, it’s important that you prepare in advance, which means:
You might also prepare by jotting down any notes or questions you may have in advance of your remote session. You should treat the appointment as you would an in-office visit and give it your full attention so that your progress continues.
Yes, Dr. Sagan offers concierge house visits if you’d prefer to meet in person, but you’re unable to make it to the office.
If you’d like to learn more about the telemedicine and concierge services at Holistic Psychiatry, please call the office or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.