VA Expands ‘Tele-Psychiatry’ Service

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Eager to help veterans take advantage of its mental health services, a Veterans Administration medical center is expanding its "tele-psychiatry" practice to a community health clinic near the U.S.-Canadian border, allowing for one-on-one consults between doctor and patient – 128 miles apart.

In a pilot project, Dr. Andrew Pomerantz and six other psychiatrists and psychologists at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction are counseling patients from the Northern Tier Center for Health’s clinic in Richford via Web cams, reaching people who sometimes went without such services.

The service, which will be expanded to three sites in New Hampshire, is available to veterans, members of the Vermont National Guard and their families.

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