Thinking about teletherapy?
A friend recently received marketing info from a particular video conferencing company, and was thinking through the pros and cons of offering video based therapy in her psychotherapy practice. She asked me for a few quick thoughts about teletherapy, and I thought I’d share with you what I came up with. It’s definitely not a comprehensive assessment… just a few of the highlights to consider, but worth a read if you’re thinking about teletherapy yourself.
- Don’t use Skype. There are HIPAA compliant video conferencing systems, but Skype specifically isn’t one.
- A service that you use to do teletherapy must, at a minimum, must sign a BAA with you.
- Beyond the BAA–the video conferencing service must meet HIPAA-specific privacy, security, training and documentation standards.