David Howlett, director of behavioral health and special projects for Variety Care, said as many as 75 patients have sought treatment through the video conferencing system at the three rural clinics this year.
A heavy percentage of the indigent patients who seek treatment at the rural clinics have underlying psychological issues that contribute to their health problems, he
"There's no shortage of mental health needs, and it's becoming quite apparent that as we get into this technology we're still having trouble meeting all the needs," he
set up a similar network for a mental health center previously.
The equipment is of the type you might find in any other company that uses video conferencing for meetings and the like, but the network piggybacks the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health
and Substance Abuse network and is specially encrypted so as to protect users' privacy.
"It's not as easy as Skype - it's way more secure than that," he