Telepsychiatry can provide mental healthcare to inmates

October 20, 2014

CloudVisit Telemedicine offers telepsychiatry solutions to introduce telemedicine in prisons. With CloudVisit Institution, providers, prisoners and correctional facilities all benefit from online video sessions, the company states. Services for prisoners have been shown to result in decreased violent incidents such as fights and assaults. Prisons that employ telepsychiatry services also have lower recidivism rates. Not only does telepsychiatry help with the treatment of prison inmates with mental health concerns, online therapy eliminates travel expenses for providers who make in-facility visits. Studies also show that telepsychiatry can save prisons up to $1 million or more by eliminating the costs of transporting inmates to external facilities for treatment and the expense of additional security measures to ensure community safety.