Columbia University Medical Center
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell
Virtual Therapy Sessions Make Mental-Health Care Widely Available
August 4, 2014 - August 5, 2014

Accessibility aside, does online therapy actually work? That was the question that faced Steven Hyler, who is on the faculty of Columbia University in the Department of Psychiatry, and who previously coordinated New York State Psychiatric Institute’s telepsychiatry consultation program. For about a decade, he worked to arrange virtual psychiatric consultations for patients without easy in-person access, from inmates at maximum security prisons to patients at rural community medical centers. Over the years, Hyler became familiar with the pros and cons of seeing patients through a computer screen.

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