Minnesota prisons to use telepsychiatry to treat rural inmates through video chat

A new type of healthcare will be used in Minnesota prisons.

Inmates will be treated with telepsychiatry.

A type of therapy that’s done through Skype or FaceTime.

The director of psychological services in Rush City’s men’s prison, says in-person treatment isn’t always possible in such a rural area.

One Psychiatrist who treats inmates at Rush City believes telepsychiatry will be an important step for prison healthcare.

She says the video-apps professionals use help her assess and gauge emotions and feelings through the screen.

Josh Court, Operations Manager at Mayo Clinic Health System said, “Telepyschiatry has improved greatly, so you know the provider can pick up on some of the nuances that a patient might show in that setting, just the same as they would in person visit in an office.”

Mayo Clinic Health System does offer telepsychiatry to patients who live in rural areas or are unable to travel.

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