TELEPSYCHIATRY IN HAWAII
The Aloha State is home to beautiful beaches, picturesque mountains, and quality telepsychiatry services! Telepsychiatry is an innovative practice which allows rural and underserved areas of Hawaii to receive high-quality mental health care. This can benefit the overall mental health of the state.
Telepsychiatry is commonly used throughout the state of Hawaii. The rules and regulations regarding the practice of telemedicine in Hawaii are fairly permissive. The Pacific Basin Telehealth Resource Center is the regional group that helps support the implementation and utilization of telemedicine in Hawaii. Iris is a proud member of the PBTRC and they have been an outstanding partner to have in continuing to provide telepsychiatry care.
Iris gives Hawaii an A- rating for being an awesome state for providing telepsych services. You rock, Hawaii!
MENTAL HEALTH ON THE ISLANDS OF ALOHA
According to Mental Health America of Hawaii, approximately 44,000 adults suffer from mental illness in Hawaii. Sixty percent of Hawaii’s most vulnerable homeless individuals are mentally ill. On top of that, adults living with serious mental illness die, on average, 25 years earlier than other Americans.
There are a total of 66 child and adolescent psychiatrists in Hawaii, meaning that there are 21 psychiatrists for every 100,000 children in the state. Considering how remote the state of Hawaii is, there aren’t many options to seek care outside the state. That’s where telepsychiatry can be a huge benefit.