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Telehealth use on rise for behavioral health

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Telemedicine technology has been improving steadily over the past several years, and as the tech gets better, so does its reputation. Much of telemedicine’s appeal lies in accessibility. The lack of access to care through telemedicine negatively affects patient engagement and follow-through, according to new research from telehealth provider Teladoc. Treating mental health, in particular, becomes easier, less costly and less stigmatized when behavioral health treatment can take place in a virtual setting.”Increasingly, people who are suffering from behavioral health disorders are recognizing that virtual care can often be a highly effective solution,” Dr. Lew Levy, Teladoc’s chief medical officer, said. “About 42 million Americans have anxiety disorders, and more than 16 million suffer from major depression. But most haven’t received treatment in the prior year.”

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