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How telepsychology can offer a virtual care opportunity for older adults

The American Hospital Association (AHA) reports that telehealth is becoming increasingly important to health care delivery in this country. In fact, 52 percent of hospitals employed telehealth technology in 2013 and another 10 percent were in the planning stages of adopting the technology at the time of the study. The shortage of medical professionals, access to patients living in rural areas and patient mobility issues has made telehealth an appealing option.

But what about telemental health (also called tele-therapy or telepsychology), especially for older adults? This type of health care delivery is seldom offered in the general population, and for older adults it’s practically non-existent.

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