Iris Telehealth is a telemedicine platform that supplements your hospital or clinic's health care with a staff of trained and licensed behavioral health experts. Hospitals, health care facilities, even correctional facilities and schools can partner with Iris to deliver professional psychiatric health care.
Iris is geared toward hospitals and clinics located in rural areas that are either understaffed or underequipped to deal with behavioral health issues. In addition to delivering primary care, hospitals that partner with Iris can offer psychiatric services by allowing patients to talk with a psychiatrist, therapist or social worker via video chat.
It offers several telepsychiatry services for different situations. Some of the specific fields the platform covers include crisis intervention, adolescent care and substance abuse counseling. Patients are matched to a dedicated professional who provides counseling. In addition, Iris' staff will work with the patient's primary care physician to collaborate on the best possible care for the patient.
For hospitals and clinics that don't have the means, financial or otherwise, to have a fully staffed behavioral health department, this telemedicine program is the next best thing. First, it helps raise patient satisfaction while reducing emergency room visits and hospital readmissions by preventing crises. Second, it frees up staff members, who could be overwhelmed without any backup. Third, if you currently are short staffed, Iris Telehealth can help you on a temporary basis until you are able to hire qualified staff.
There are a number potential uses for this telemedicine program. Iris Telehealth can be implemented in nursing homes, schools and correctional facilities. Iris' staff works with your own staff to integrate its services and identify those who stand to benefit the most from quality mental health care. In nursing homes, Iris assigns qualified professionals who are equipped to assist elderly patients with dementia. Therapy and mental health evaluations can also be implemented at schools for disruptive students.
Iris Telehealth is an avenue healthcare providers can pursue in order to get their patients the best care possible. Whether it's a financial or geographical barrier, private facilities, such as hospitals and clinics, as well as government facilities can provide proper behavioral health care by bringing Iris's staff of professionals on board with their own staff with just an internet connection.