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Telemedicine Specialist

Advanced Psychiatric Associates

Tina Okonkwo, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatric Mental Health Care for Children, Adolescents and Adults located in Charlotte, NC

Telemedicine is becoming increasingly popular as a safe and convenient alternative to in-person consultations. If you're looking for a better way to participate in your therapy or get your prescriptions, Justina Okonkwo, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, of Advanced Psychiatric Associates can help. At the practice in Charlotte, North Carolina, Justina and her team provide virtual holistic health care that encompasses your mind, emotions, mood, and body. Find out how to use safe, secure telemedicine by calling Advanced Psychiatric Associates or booking an appointment online today.

Telemedicine Q & A

What is telemedicine?

Telemedicine gives you the ability to access psychiatric care without needing to visit your mental health provider in person. The videoconferencing technology they use at Advanced Psychiatric Associates is just like what you might use regularly, apps such as Skype and Zoom.

Telemedicine is a good match for mental health services, as an online consultation is similar to a face-to-face meeting. You can access the appointment via your tablet or laptop using secure connections.

What can I use telemedicine appointments for?

You can use telemedicine for many of the same reasons that you'd visit Advanced Psychiatric Associates in person, including:

  • Psychiatric evaluations
  • Therapy sessions
  • Medication management
  • Remote prescriptions

You can discuss a comprehensive range of mental health problems using telemedicine, too, from depression and anxiety to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and bereavement.

What are the benefits of telemedicine?

Telemedicine offers significant benefits for patients. It's convenient and safe, and it makes mental health services accessible and affordable. Telemedicine can also make the experience less stressful.

For one thing, you avoid the hassle and expense of attending an in-person consultation as you save on gas and don’t need to arrange child care.

For another, you don't have to interact with anyone apart from your therapist, potentially relieving you of a considerable challenge facing many people with mental health problems.

You can access mental health services using telemedicine even if you're sick, housebound, or have no ready means of transport. If you're finding it tough to squeeze in time for travel to and from a doctor's appointment, telemedicine eliminates the traveling time.

Is telemedicine secure?

Understandably, you may be worried about the security of your personal data when using telemedicine, but you needn't be if you're a patient at Advanced Psychiatric Associates.

The telemedicine services they use are safe and secure, complying with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) regulations.

To gain HIPAA approval, the practice has to have security measures in place that ensure the confidentiality of your personal health information.

If you want to know more about telemedicine and how it works, speak to the Advanced Psychiatric Associates team. Call the office today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.