U.S. Needs A Gold Standard In Telemental Health


April 16th, 2015: It has been estimated that up to 50% of Americans are likely to experience a mental health issue in their lifetime, and the U.S. healthcare system struggles to meet the growing demand for behavioral health services resulting from recent regulatory healthcare reforms. More newly insured Americans experiencing behavioural health difficulties have begun seeking care from licensed professionals. However there are as many as 80 million of Americans in need of behavioural interventions who live in service shortage areas.

First The Facts

  • 18.9% (42.5 million) of adults experience a mental health issue in any year.
  • The economic burden of behavioral health on mental health services was estimated to have reached $155 billion in 2012 (SAMHSA, 2013).
  • The United States lose more workdays to Mental illness compared to all other chronic conditions, costing employers in the realm of $80-100 billion.
  • 1:790: The ratio of licensed clinicians to individual citizens
  • 89.3 million Americans live in federally designated Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas, which report 61% of all shortages.
  • 4000 – 6000: The number of new mental health professionals believed to be needed to meet demand in rural America.
  • 45% of untreated Americans cite cost as a barrier to access.

Given the size of the problem compounded with shortage of resources and cost barriers telehealth is now being viewed as a key component of mental health care paths. (64% of American adults own a smart phone and 42% own a tablet computer.) A fact seen with the recent announcement from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in relation to the launch of a new ACO model, dubbed The Next Generation ACO

CMS officials pointed out telehealth will be a significant focus of the new ACO model, as participating organizations will be asked to provide access to both telehealth and home visits. While in-use across Europe for many years, online behavioral health interventions are only starting to be adopted in the United States.

The time for a new Gold Standard in Telehealth and Telemental Health has arrived with the launch of SilverCloud Health’s new “Space From GAD” and updated “Space from Anxiety” programs launched in the U.S. this week at the annual Health Information Management Services Society conference in Chicago.

Found out more information about the new Gold Standard by clicking here

Visit SilverCloud and Wiley at HIMSS booth #2637, 2638 and NatCon booth #735 for more information on the new Gold Standard a demo of the 'Space from Anxiety' and 'Space from GAD' programs. #Natcon15 #WhyWait