According to a 2017 report published by Mental Health of America, for more than 43 million Americans, roughly 18 percent of them have a mental health condition. Many of the factors may influence the individuals to lack access regarding care and nearly 8 percent of youth have no access to mental health services through private insurance.
The report also mentioned that as there is a shortage of providers to treat such patients, the providers in the lowest-ranked states would have to treat six times as many people when compared to the providers in the highest-ranked states. Under this circumstances, the digital solutions can help to alleviate some of this pressure by particularly improving accessibility for patients regarding behavioral care.
Telehealth is a decent way for healthcare where the providers are able to expand their reach and bandwidth where currently 30 states allow Medicaid coverage for tele-mental care according to the report where legislation was approved last month making reimbursement mandatory for the use of telehealth by behavioral and mental health providers.
Mobile and VR Technologies:
Mobile apps and virtual reality are rapidly being developed to expand and improvise access to treatment options. Researchers at the University of Rochester worked on this technology to develop prototype VR app by which patients participate in a virtual psychotherapy session on their own time. Tests are being conducted by researchers on the electronic health records that can be downloaded to mobile as an app on Android or iOS platform. Here the patients can store all their medical reports, prescriptions digitally and sync them whenever it is required, hope this EHR comes into existence in full phased manner very soon for the patient to utilize it.