All of Malvern’s outpatient treatment centers are providing telehealth to keep patients engaged in treatment and their recovery process while minimizing the risk of COVID-19 spread. We are so proud of our outpatient clinicians, such as Sarah Roberts, who have been providing these telehealth services and ensuring that our clients receive the treatment they need!
What Is Telehealth?
Telehealth (also known as telemedicine) is the use of technology such as computers and mobile devices to help you receive health care from anywhere, anytime. Telehealth has the potential to increase patients’ access to support services at the times they need it the most. Since it removes barriers of time and distance, telemedicine offers great potential for enhancing treatment and recovery for people.
Telehealth involves the use of technologies such as telephone-based services, videoconferencing, texting, smartphone applications and web-based tools to provide care over a distance without requiring patients to travel to a clinic or provider’s office.
What Are The Benefits?
Telehealth increases access to care with more flexibility to accommodate client needs without a compromise on the quality of care/treatment regimen. It increases the ability to validate and support clients while they are in their own environments and being actively engaged in treatment as well as continuing daily visual interaction with peers/staff. Telehealth provides for the ability to stay with the same group an individual has already been engaging with, allowing for further development of a sober support network. Telehealth promotes a small group size allowing people the ability to become more acquainted with one another. Our patients report they “love the groups” and our knowledgeable counselors. It also reduces stress related to travel times, transportation, and child-care issues.
We are continuing to provide urine drug screens for MAT and clinical necessity to ensure accountability.