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Telepsychiatry and Health Technologies

A Guide for Mental Health Professionals

Peter Yellowlees, MBBS, M.D., and Jay H. Shore, M.D., M.P.H.

  • ISBN 978-1-61537-085-6
  • Item #37085
Hear the voices behind the most prominent psychiatric scholarship in Psychiatry Unbound.
Laura Roberts, M.D. discusses with Peter Yellowlees, MBBS, M.D. and Jay H. Shore, M.D., M.P.H. the way telepsychiatry is revolutionizing Psychiatry and standardized care.

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The only current book on the topic, Telepsychiatry and Health Technologies: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals is a practical, comprehensive, and evidence-based guide to patient-centered clinical care delivered in whole or in part by technological devices and applications. Not a technology-centered health informatics book, but rather one that describes basic technological concerns and emphasizes clinical issues and workflows, it is designed for psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health clinicians who seek to learn the modes, models, and methods of telepsychiatry. More than 30 practitioners of telepsychiatry across the core mental health disciplines were involved in development of the text, contributing knowledge and clinical examples. Rich with case studies and hands-on guidance, the book introduces strategies, then clearly illustrates how to put them into practice. The editors believe that psychiatry increasingly will focus on the treatment of populations, and that technology offers the best hope of doing so efficiently and effectively.
Careful thought went into the book's conception and design, resulting in a marriage of structure and content that meets the needs of today's clinicians:

  • The editors employed a unique process of manuscript development, first outlining each chapter in its entirety, then assigning sections to contributors selected for their specific clinical experience and therapeutic expertise. The result is a text that flows logically and creates synergy across chapters without duplication.
  • The book provides how-to guidance on setting up a new telepsychiatry practice or integrating technologies into a current practice, covering critically important topics such as data collection, security, and electronic health records.
  • Technologies addressed include telephony, smartphones, apps, e-mail, secure texting, and videoconferencing, all of which are increasingly being used in the assessment and treatment of patients with psychiatric disorders.
  • More than 30 case examples of patients or programs are included, illustrating the range of clinical techniques that can be used and the types of patient that can be treated using available technologies—whether in person, online, or in a hybrid form of care combining both modalities.
  • Every chapter concludes with a summary of major learning objectives or findings covered.

Telepsychiatry and Health Technologies: A Guide for Mental Health Professionals is destined to become a core resource in the training of mental health professionals from all disciplines, as well as an indispensable reference for those already integrating new technologies into their practices.


  • Contributors
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgements
  • Chapter 1. Psychiatric Practice in the Information Age
  • Chapter 2. Evidence Base for Use of Videoconferencing and Other Technologies in Mental Health Care
  • Chapter 3. The Business of Telepsychiatry: How to Set Up a New Practice or Integrate Technology Into an Existing Practice
  • Chapter 4. Clinical Settings and Models of Care in Telepsychiatry: Implications for Work Practices and Culturally Informed Treatment
  • Chapter 5. Media Communication Skills and the Ethical Doctor–Patient Relationship
  • Chapter 6. Data Collection from Novel Sources
  • Chapter 7. Clinical Documentation in the Era of Electronic Health Records and Information Technology
  • Chapter 8. Indirect Consultation and Hybrid Care
  • Chapter 9. Management of Patient Populations
  • Chapter 10. Quality Care Through Telepsychiatry: Patient-Centered Treatment, Guideline- and Evidence-Based Practice, and Lifelong Development of Professional Competencies and Skills


    Danielle Alexander, M.D.
    Mark Alter, M.D., Ph.D.
    Daniel J Balog, M.D.
    Robert Lee Caudill, M.D.
    Steven R Chan, M.D., M.B.A.
    Gregory Evangelatos, M.D.
    Sarina Fazio, Ph.D.(c)., B.S.N, M.S.
    Alvaro Gonzalez, M.A., M.F.T.I.
    Frederick Guggenheim, M.D.
    Donald M. Hilty, M.D.
    Sam Hubley, Ph.D.
    Tiffany Hwang, M.D.
    Barb Johnston, M.S.N.
    Edward Kaftarian, M.D.
    John Luo, M.D.
    Tania Malik, J.D.
    Francis Leo McVeigh, O.D., M.S., M.F.T.I.
    Matt Mishkind, Ph.D., SPHR, SHRM-SCP
    Kathleen Myers, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.
    Meera Narasimhan, M.D.
    Michelle Burke Parish, M.A., Ph.D.(c).
    Terry Rabinowitz, M.D.
    Lisa Roberts, Ph.D.
    Shazia Shafqat, M.D., M.S.
    Erica Z. Shoemaker, M.D.
    Jay H Shore, M.D., M.P.H.
    Peter Shore, Psy.D.
    John Torous, M.D.
    Carolyn Turvey, Ph.D., M.S.
    Gilbert Andrew Valasquez
    Maryann Waugh, M.Ed.
    Peter Yellowlees, MBBS, M.D.

About the Authors

Peter Yellowlees, MBBS, M.D., is Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California Davis in Sacramento, California; and President of the American Telemedicine Association, headquartered in Washington, DC.

Jay H. Shore, M.D., M.P.H., is Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver and the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health at the School of Public Health; and Director of Telemedicine at the Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Depression Center in the University of Colorado Denver's Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado.

Drs. Yellowlees and Shore, two of the leading experts in telepsychiatry in the world, have written the definitive telepsychiatry clinical guide for mental health clinicians. They conscientiously organized the book by working closely with 30 other experts in telepsychiatry and even served as co-authors of seven of 10 chapters. This book is the ultimate guide for the field of telepsychiatry and we should all read it since in the near future telepsychiatry will be the predominant treatment modality.—Robert E. Hales, M.D., MBA, Distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Joe P. Tupin Endowed Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, Davis School of Medicine

Psychiatric and mental health workforce shortages are now legion. Access to expert consultation and care elusive, especially in rural areas and for those living in poverty. We cannot clone more psychiatrists but we can make those that exist more accessible and affordable – through telepsychiatry. Drs. Yellowlees and Shore give us a superb collection of practical, feasible and needed materials on how to successfully deliver telepsychiatry. We own them our thanks for helping to advance this essential service.—Lloyd I Sederer, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, NYS Office of Mental Health, Adjunct Professor, Columbia/Mailman School of Public Health

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