NPR just did a program about how rural patients are turning to telehealth because of a dearth of health care resources in rural areas. Showcased was one woman’s use of telehealth for therapy services to assist her with depression.
“Hill says knew she needed therapy to deal with her deepening depression. But the main health center in her rural town had just two therapists. Hill was told she’d only be able to see a therapist once a month.”
NPR also did a poll on the subject and shared the results:
“A recent NPR poll of rural Americans found that nearly a quarter have used some kind of telehealth service within the past few years; 14% say they received a diagnosis or treatment from a doctor or other health care professional using email, text messaging, live text chat, a mobile app, or a live video like FaceTime or Skype. And 15% say they have received a diagnosis or treatment from a doctor or other health professional over the phone.”