Help for substance abuse may come in many forms, but traditionally, those enrolled in treatment programs have been required to show up in person to access needed support. Since there may be a variety of barriers with that model of care, telemedicine (aka telehealth) offers new options for those who need substance abuse treatment.
Broadly speaking, telehealth uses HIPPA-compliant technologies, including telephone-based services, smartphone applications, videoconferencing, and web-based tools, to provide care over distance without requiring patients to travel to a clinic or provider's office. One of the most common technologies used is videoconfernecing with a secure online platforms.
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