February 28, 2018 - 4:00 PM to March 1, 2018 - 4:59 PM
UNC Charlotte, Fretwell 126
The North Carolina Statewide Telepsychiatry Program
Of North Carolina’s 100 counties, 70 are considered rural. Many rural communities in North Carolina experience a lack of access to health care services and are designated Health Professional Shortage Areas due to workforce shortages in primary care, mental health, and dental health. Telehealth and telemedicine can help to increase access to care by connecting patients with a provider at a distant site. Initiatives like the North Carolina Statewide Telepsychiatry Program (NC-STeP) provide virtual care services across the state and have been successful in improving outcomes for rural and underserved populations.
Brian P. Cooper, Jr, MHA