Psychiatry sets a standard for future telemedicine use

For many medical specialties, the start of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) ushered in a new era of telemedicine.

In most, it equated to replacing medical appointments with an uninspiring virtual appointment — not truly adding anything more tailored to the service provided.

In psychiatry, the pandemic forced opportunity to change the very crucial patient interaction. Psychiatrists could suddenly supplement classic therapy sessions with new technologies and programs that go beyond the basic video conferencing.

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