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<p>Long before the state of North Carolina decided to implement its statewide telepsychiatry program (NC-STeP), some health systems in the state were already delving into the approach. For instance, Charlotte, NC-based Carolinas HealthCare System was among the first to deploy telemedicine in the state, and the potential to use the technology for psychiatric consults was recognized early on, according to <b>Brad Watling</b>, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, system medical director at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC. “It had some fits and starts … but over the last couple of years we have hit the ground running with it,” he says. </p>

Carolinas HealthCare system gets jump on potential for telepsychiatry