Managing Behavioral Health Conditions: How eConsults Can Help PCPs Face the Next Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Mental Health Awareness Month may be coming to a close, but mental and behavioral health will remain top of mind as the world opens back up. Since the onset of COVID-19, RubiconMD has seen a significant increase in psychiatry eConsults. With the continued physical, emotional, and economic stress the pandemic brings, these cases aren’t expected to stop anytime soon. In the first few days and weeks of the coronavirus outbreak, diagnosing and treating affected patients became the main priority for Primary Care Physicians across the country. As time went on and COVID-19 patients overwhelmed health systems, something was brewing in the background. Over the last three months, PCPs have been reaching out asking for RubiconMD’s support to better manage behavioral health conditions. It’s an early indicator for what we expect will be the next phase of this pandemic. 

People with underlying mental health conditions have likely seen their symptoms exacerbated by months of social isolation and increased anxiety. Frontline workers are also now facing the consequences of weeks of non-stop work that is both physically and emotionally exhausting. And patients with pre-existing conditions who haven’t received their routine care in months will now be in desperate need. 

With the expected increased demand for specialty care as the country starts to reopen, a majority of diagnosing, treating, and managing these conditions will fall on PCPs. But they don’t have to do it alone. In the new landscape of virtual care, eConsults allow PCPs to receive patient-specific feedback from experienced specialists within hours, improving the patient’s care plan and saving them valuable time and money. 

Below are three cases submitted by PCPs using RubiconMD’s platform: a general psychiatry eConsult for an adult female struggling with depression, an eConsult on anxiety for a 75yo male, and a pediatric eConsult for a 7yo male with a recent ADHD diagnosis. 

To learn more about our Behavioral Health offering please visit RubiconBH.

You can also join us this Thursday, May 28, for our live webinar “Managing Patient Anxiety and Depression During COVID-19 & Beyond.” Dr. John Chardavoyne will discuss how to screen and treat for anxiety and depression in the primary care setting and share the impact social distancing and COVID-19 have had on these conditions. 

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