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Dr. Martinez was recently featured in a Chicago Tribune article titled “Telepsychiatry delivers help to far-flung patients.” Telepsychiatry, which connects psychiatrists and patients through video/audio conferencing equipment, has been used for years to treat military veterans, prisoners, the deaf and patients in rural areas where psychiatrists are scarce. The use of telepsychiatry has been increasing in popularity over the years in order to treat other underserved populations and as a way to reduce medical costs. Proposed Illinois legislation aimed at mandating coverage for telepsychiatry services by private insurers promises to increase its use. Private companies, nonprofits, primary care physicians and psychiatrists offer telepsychiatry. Dr. Martinez has been utilizing telepsychiatry for over ten years at Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. To read more about the article, click here.
I graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine, completed my psychiatry residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago and have since started a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship there as well. My clinical interests include serving the underserved and underrepresented communities, teaching and public health and policy. Since I am bilngual in English and Spanish, I have been able to provide great care to Spanish speaking patients. I enjoy being in a practice environment, such as at CCS or UIC, in which I can help and treat patients.
This is the minutes for the July IMHPAC meeting.