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June 11, 2014

Stay-at-Home Healthcare Could Significantly Help Those with Depression

By Matt Paulson
TMCnet Contributing Writer

For those with moderate to severe depression, just getting out of bed in the morning can be one of the hardest parts of the day. This makes it difficult to leave the house to go to work or even get groceries, which makes the process of going to a doctor's office to seek psychiatric help an incredibly daunting task. Fortunately, telemedicine could be part of the solution, as it would allow these patients to connect with doctors through a video conference instead of having to appear in person. In the British Colombia city of Surrey, a revolutionary new app from Medvivo is ready to put this theory to the test according to local news sources.

Also known as telehealth, doctor visits conducted over video clients are rapidly gaining popularity in a variety of fields. Not only does this save time and money for both patients and doctors, but it also allows patients to meet with doctors on their own schedules. Patients using a smartphone to conduct the visit can simply point the camera at their symptoms, and doctors can decide from there if the patient needs to come in for further treatment.

The Surrey County Council has green lighted funds to deliver these services for approximately 100 different patients from the local areas of Runnymede and Spelthorne to receive telehealth services for the treatment of their depression over a two-year trial. Once the trial is complete, the results will be able to portray how effective this type of treatment is at treating depression. If it proves successful, the process is likely to be adopted in several other regions besides Surrey County.

According to Councillor Mel Few, who serves as a Cabinet Member for Surrey County Council's Adult Social Care, “The county council is always looking for innovative ways to protect vulnerable adults, which is why we're more than happy to extend our funding for telehealth after it successfully helped more than 300 people in Surrey manage serious long-term conditions from home.”

Edited by Maurice Nagle


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