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WVU Healthcare's Telepsychiatry Program Offers Services to Clinics in 12 WV Counties

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It sounds like something out of an old sci-fi movie: Doctors treating patients over the Internet, but it's happening all across the state.

West Virginia University Healthcare's telepsychiatry program offers mental health services to 27 clinics in 12 counties.

Patients stop by clinics for appointments and see their doctor using a web cam. The program was developed for patients in rural counties.

"We've had patients come up here from McDowell County, but the benefit now is they spend more time and resources on getting better than traveling to treatment, because we can bring it to them," said Dr. Patrick Marshalek, of WVU Healthcare.

The program has treated more than 11,000 patients since starting in 2009.

Doctors said telemedicine is a growing sector and has been used by cardiologists, too.