March 22, 2019 — Electronic consultations — or “e-consults” — first launched in 2005 by San Francisco General Hospital and the San Francisco Health Network, connect primarycare providers and specialists through electronic communications to deliver efficient and effective care. Today e-consult’s multiple benefits, which include expanded specialist care access, lower costs, improved care quality, and more, are now being used by large health systems.
Teens need “headspace”: How teen drop-in centers provide brick-and-mortar and virtual access points to youth mental health services
March 11, 2019 — Australia’s National Youth Mental Health Foundation has created an innovative, successful model called headspace that combines the traditional teen drop-in center with virtual mental health care, among other offerings. Stanford Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is adapting this model to meet the mental health needs of Santa Clara County youth. Recently branded “allcove”, the first of these centers will open in late 2019.