Can telemedicine prescribe medicine?
Updated on March 12, 2023
Telemedicine Psychiatry: Find a Psychiatrist Online
Therapy and psychiatry can play an important role in your mental health treatment plan. In therapy, licensed therapists work with you to discuss personal problems and develop an individualized plan, but they cannot prescribe medications. Psychiatry is the medical specialty that oversees the taking of medications to treat mental health symptoms. Psychiatrists and nurse practitioners are licensed health care professionals who specialize in treating mental illness and can provide mental health services and individualized medication.
A licensed therapist cannot prescribe medication. You need a prescription from a licensed psychiatrist or nurse practitioner to get medication for mental health conditions. However, online psychiatrists can prescribe medications to treat mental illness (except for controlled substances). It is important to remember that there are no significant differences between face-to-face and telemedicine psychiatry. The telehealth platform is HIPAA compliant and all communications are confidential and encrypted.
The cost of an online psychiatrist appointment can vary depending on where you live and sometimes what mental health specialty you need. Generally, an initial psychiatric evaluation is more expensive than subsequent sessions because the first session will be longer, will include a mental health assessment and a preliminary treatment plan.
The Telehealth Psychiatry Network includes licensed psychiatrists and nurse practitioners who specialize in psychiatry and can prescribe medications to treat mental illness.
Yes, you can be matched with one of our psychiatrists or telehealth nurse practitioners without a referral from an attending physician.
Yes, you will work with the same licensed psychiatrist or nurse practitioner throughout your treatment. You can also easily change it at any time without any disruption in your treatment.
All psychiatry sessions within Telehealth are delivered via live video sessions (LVS) on the Telehealth platform. We currently support online counseling and mental health services through LVS in the web and mobile/tablet versions of Telehealth. The Telehealth app is available for iOS (iPhone, iPad or iPod) and Android devices. You can access Telehealth using cellular or WiFi.
You can pick up your psychiatric drugs at your local pharmacy. If you get your medication by mail through your insurance company, you will also be able to get your medication through delivery.
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Visits are always HIPAA compliant and can be done almost anywhere.