What is telepsychiatry (telemedicine psychiatry)?
Telepsychiatry, telemedicine psychiatry, is the practice of seeing psychiatric patients through a video conference platform as an alternative to traditional face-to-face appointments. This may be ideal for people whose lives make it difficult to drive to appointments, such as those with busy work schedules, who frequently travel, or live in high traffic areas.
Is a telepsychiatry visit secure and private?
Telepsychiatry appointments with Dr. Yen are secure and HIPAA compliant, done in the privacy and comfort of patient’s own home or office. All you need is high-speed internet access, and a computer, tablet or smartphone with a microphone and webcam. If you can FaceTime or Skype, then you can do telepsychiatry appointments. Dr. Yen sees patients located within the state of Texas.
Can medicine or drugs be prescribed during telepsychiatry?
Yes, if deemed appropriate for treatment, medication prescriptions will be sent electronically to your local Texas pharmacy. It’s also important to know that Dr. Yen is bound by the Ryan Haight Act which restricts her ability to prescribe controlled medications without an in-person visit under normal circumstances. This restriction for the controlled medications has been temporarily lifted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.