St. Joseph Hospital rolls out telepsychiatry program in ER

Jessica Kim Cohen - Print  | 

Eureka, Calif.-based St. Joseph Hospital introduced a mobile telepsychiatry machine into its emergency room, KIEM-TV reports.

The video-connected machine enables a remote psychiatrist to conduct a psychiatric evaluation on patients in need who present at the ER.

In the past, a patient in need of psychiatric evaluation would have had to wait in the ER — sometimes overnight — for a specialist to arrive in person, according to KIEM-TV.

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