Thursday, September 8, 2011

Nefsis Online Video Conferencing Chosen by Secure TeleHealth for Web-based Platform for Telepsychiatry

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Online video conferencing innovator Nefsis® announced today that Secure TeleHealth has selected Nefsis cloud-based multipoint HD (high definition) video conferencing technology for its Telepsychiatry Platform solution. Secure TeleHealth uses business-grade videoconferencing technology provided by Nefsis, off-the-shelf PC-based equipment, and an Internet connection to provide clinics and behavioral health practitioners a high quality, encrypted platform for Telepsychiatry.

Telepsychiatry is the application of telemedicine to the field of psychiatry. Because its practitioners do not need to touch their patients to treat them, telepsychiatry has become one of the most successful of all the telemedicine applications.

Psychiatrists can now use their PC's and webcams to provide assessments, therapy, and to conduct med checks with their clients via an online video conferencing service from Secure Telehealth. Physicians may connect from any location, including their professional offices or from their homes.
"We have found that cloud-based video conferencing is an especially cost-effective service delivery method for rural Medicaid clinics to improve community access to mental health services," said Jim Mountain, president of Secure TeleHealth.
Cloud computing technology makes telepsychiatry as accessible as any other online service. All the heavy processing occurs on shared resources in the Nefsis cloud, making it less expensive and easier to maintain for the customer without the financial risk of installing on-premise, hardware-based infrastructure such as video-specific routers, gateway and collaboration servers.
"Cloud-based online video conferencing allows behavioral health care providers the ability to increase efficiency, reduce travel costs, and improve the process of providing care, making it a game-changing technology well suited for this market," said Steven Peltier, Nefsis Chief Executive Officer.
About Secure TeleHealth
Secure TeleHealth, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, provides a complete, web-based, secure platform for telepsychiatry over the Internet. The company also provides real-time user support for all endpoints, as well as customer assistance in complying with HIPAA regulations and practice guidelines for video-conferencing-based Telemental Health published by the American Telemedicine Association (ATA).

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