University providing medical services through videoconferencing

Thursday, March 31 2011

A Texas A&M University-led team recently started a program that will use video conferencing technology to offer mental health services to rural residents who might not have the ability to travel due to financial or health reasons.

The telehealth program is a cooperative effort between the Department of Educational Psychology in Texas A&M's College of Education and Human Development - which operates the systems - the Brazos Valley Health Partnership, and the Center for Community Health Development. It is currently stationed in the Counseling and Assessment Clinic (CAC) in Bryan and is run by the University, according to KBTX.com.

The team is planning to provide its services to several cities and rural areas in Texas. Timothy Elliot, who is a professor of counseling psychology in the University, explains to the news outlet that the main purpose of the videoconferencing program is to "take the CAC and all its services that are available to people in Bryan/College Station and use long-distance technology to provide these same services throughout the Brazos Valley."