The Analytics of Behavioral Health in the Emergency Department: Benefits of telePsychiatry

Thursday, March 15th, 2018 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM CT

Every hospital struggles with caring for behavioral health patients. One in eight patients in the Emergency Department has a mental health or substance abuse issue. And, they can spend hours waiting for an evaluation, sometimes much more than 24 hours. Reimbursement for psychiatric patients is lower than for the average patient and unreimbursed costs related to boarding are higher. This presents challenges for hospitals across the US. 

Specialists on Call, a leading provider of telePsychiatry, has data to share regarding the benefits of telemedicine to help treat these patients faster, improving throughput in the ED, as well as improving discharge rates and reversals of involuntary commitments (IVC).

Learning Points:

  • How telePsychiatry has improved throughput in the emergency department for SOC partner hospitals
  • Data points you need to calculate your current costs for treating patients with mental health or substance abuse issues in the ED
  • A breakdown of telePsychiatry data on throughput, discharge rates, IVC reversals, and more


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