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Telehealth Brings Mental Healthcare to Farmers and Rural Communities
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Telehealth Brings Mental Healthcare to Farmers and Rural Communities

As mentioned in our previous article about the growing mental health for farmers , Encounter Telehealth knows first hand the stressful nature of the farming lifestyle. Located in the heart of Omaha, we work closely with rural farming communities. Many of our partner staff and patients come from farming families, and have been agricultural workers,...

Burnout Among Healthcare Workers
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Burnout Among Healthcare Workers

The World Heath Organization (WHO) has recently catalogued Employee Burnout as “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed”. Not only is burnout real, but it’s also now classified as an official workplace syndrome, or “occupational phenomenon”. WHO characterizes burnout by three dimensions: Feelings of energy depletion or...

Mental Health Concerns Growing Among Farmers and Ranchers
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Mental Health Concerns Growing Among Farmers and Ranchers

There is a growing mental health epidemic among the farmers and ranchers of America. Due to environmental conditions, trade politics, reduced workforce, and financial stress we are seeing higher rates of depression and anxiety among agricultural workers. CATTLE RANCHERS 2019 has been a trying year for cattle ranchers across the Midwest. The Bomb Cyclone ravaged...

Mental Health Crises
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Mental Health Crises

At Encounter Telehealth, we believe it is vital to have immediate access for mental health crises. Our friends at Happy Happy Vegan have compiled an international list of Mental Health Helplines, Suicide Hotlines, and Depression Advice Centers. If you are experiencing a mental health crises, please reach out to one of these facilities immediately: https://happyhappyvegan.com/suicide-hotlines-list/...

Telehealth Serves America: Part 1
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Telehealth Serves America: Part 1

Health issues do not discriminate, so why should your health care? Telehealth is changing the game all over the country, improving healthcare for all. Many Americans live with physical and mental disorders that go untreated and undiagnosed due to lack of care. For many people who were previously unable – or unlikely- to seek medical...

The Costs of Unnecessary Emergency Department Visits
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The Costs of Unnecessary Emergency Department Visits

With increasing focus from Medicare on reducing rehospitalizations and shorter stays, eliminating unnecessary emergency department visits (such as visits that could have been handled safely in an urgent care clinic or a primary care setting) and avoiding the need to use the emergency department in the first place is paramount.   71% percent of emergency...

Challenges and Strategies in Psychiatric Patient Treatment at Skilled Nursing Facilities
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Challenges and Strategies in Psychiatric Patient Treatment at Skilled Nursing Facilities

We found Dr. Robert Figlerski’s list of challenges and strategies in treating psychiatric patients in a long-term care setting, originally published in McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, enlightening.   Challenges: Demographic shifts—when staff training doesn’t keep up with patient needs. Confusion over how to properly use psychotropic medications (such as antipsychotics.) Confusion and misinformation about non-drug...

6 Common Telehealth Myths
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6 Common Telehealth Myths

Telehealth has grown rapidly over the past few years. 76% of health systems are expected to have implemented telehealth by the end of 2018, according to a survey held by Teladoc.   However, many misconceptions have grown up around telehealth. In a February 26 webcast, Roy Schoenberg, MD, president, CEO and co-founder of American Well,...

Depression Sub-types and Treatments
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Depression Sub-types and Treatments

As we’ve written before, no two people have the same experience of a mental illness. What people don’t realize is that illnesses such as depression may appear in many different forms, many of which have similar symptoms.   If you feel sad or empty, have trouble concentrating or sleeping, and symptoms last for two weeks...

Telehealth in Rural Communities: Increasing Access to Mental Healthcare
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Telehealth in Rural Communities: Increasing Access to Mental Healthcare

Lack of Access to Mental Health Care in Rural Areas One in five Americans—over 43 million—suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder. With less than half of the mental healthcare providers needed in the United States, many individuals go without care. Less than a quarter of mental healthcare providers are available in rural areas. Limited availability...