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Telemedicine Specialist

Norman M. Jacobowitz, MSN, PMHNP-BC -  - Psychiatry

Atara Health Solutions

Norman M. Jacobowitz, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Psychiatry located in Gainesville, VA

When you have a mental health disorder, you may need lifelong medication that requires regular monitoring and adjustment. At Atara Health Solutions — an LGBTQ-friendly psychiatric practice in Gainesville, Virginia — caring and compassionate psychiatric nurse practitioner Norman Jacobowitz, MSN, PMHNP-BC, offers telemedicine consultations for follow-up appointments. Once you’ve met with Norman in person, you can use telemedicine to get the follow-up and monitoring you need, whether you’re in the Gainesville area or around the globe. To schedule your first in-person consultation or a telemedicine follow-up visit, contact Atara Health Solutions today by phone or through the online form.

Telemedicine Q & A

What is telemedicine?

Telemedicine uses the power of the internet to connect you with your psychiatric nurse practitioner, whether you’re at home or on the road. You can use telemedicine to report a change in your symptoms, any side effects from medication, or to replace one of your regular follow-up visits.

Can I use telemedicine for an initial consultation?

When you first meet with psychiatric nurse practitioner Norman Jacobowitz, you must do so in person at the Atara Health Solutions office. He needs to see you face-to-face to learn about your symptoms and history and to evaluate your behavior and affect. Once he’s prescribed medication, and you’re his regular patient, you’re free to schedule telemedicine follow-up visits.

Is telemedicine private and secure?

Atara Health Solutions uses Health Information Privacy and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-compliant video-conferencing tools for your telemedicine visits. Under HIPAA, your private information is coded and kept private so that it can’t be shared with anyone outside your doctor or psychiatric nurse. Information that HIPAA protects includes:

  • Your name
  • Where you live
  • Phone numbers
  • Email addresses
  • Medical record numbers
  • Fingerprints, retinal prints, and voice prints
  • Social security numbers
  • Photographic images
  • Video images
  • Any other private or identifying information

Telemedicine uses low bandwidth and military-grade encryption to ensure the privacy of your telemedicine video conference at Atara Health Solutions.

Can I send my psychiatric nurse practitioner photos and videos?

If you need to share videos or photos related to your condition, you can do so safely through a telemedicine video conference. Your psychiatric nurse can make comments and notes directly on the materials. 

You can talk through video conferencing or use a text chat for quick questions or comments. A telemedicine conference feels almost the same as meeting in person with your psychiatric nurse.

Can I teleconference with my therapist, too?

If your therapist or primary care provider uses telemedicine, your psychiatric nurse practitioner may be able to add them to the teleconference. Your psychiatric nurse practitioner also consults with your therapist and doctors on his own to ensure that your medications are working and you’re not experiencing uncomfortable side effects.

If you’re a current patient of Atara Health Solutions, call the office or email today to set up a telemedicine follow-up appointment. If you’re a new patient, book an in-person consultation by phone or through the online form.