Telemedicine program to benefit patients with behavioral health needs

From the Tribune:

Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea has expanded its services for patients with behavioral health needs.

Through a new telemedicine program, patients who come into the emergency room are able to communicate with psychiatrists and psychologists as needed at any time of the day.

Bo Madsen, medical director of emergency medicine at Mayo Clinic Health System throughout southeast Minnesota, said many smaller hospitals aren’t able to have psychiatrists and psychologists on hand all the time, so the option for telemedicine gives patients the opportunity for access to these services without having to wait or travel.

The provider through the telemedicine technology will work with the local emergency room providers and physicians to find resolutions to concerns. Services can include assessment, treatment and placement for outpatient or inpatient behavioral health needs.

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