ELKINS – Davis & Elkins College has partnered with the national mobile health and telehealth provider iSelectMD to offer a unique service. As a result, the College’s Counseling and Wellness Center can offer tele-psychiatry appointments to students every week on campus.
D&E Vice President for Student Affairs Scott Goddard explained that the need for providing the services arose because local psychiatrists are in high demand and their schedules fill quickly.
“We needed to think creatively to address this challenge and the ongoing need for services on campus,” Goddard said, adding that the first step was to enter talks with local medical providers. “We’ve created a culture where our students are comfortable speaking about behavioral health and our Counseling and Wellness Center has been a great resource for them. This relationship enhances their offerings.”
Ultimately, Mon Health Medical Center connected the College with Dr. Ryan Wakim, who was mentored by local psychiatrist Dr. Dilip Chandran and remains one of his colleagues. The telehealth service will allow students to access behavioral health care provided by Wakim in real time.
“As a psychiatrist in West Virginia, telemedicine has transformed my ability to see patients,” said Wakim, who is also president of GRW Inc. “Access to high quality medical care can be a challenge in our state and this technology allows up to partner with forward-thinking and compassionate colleges like Davis & Elkins who are leading the way in providing full services for their students.”
iSelectMD has been providing mHealth services since 2010 and its clients include the 180,000 members West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency (WV PEIA).
“Improving access to affordable behavioral health care continues to be at the forefront of the student health care conversation,” said Joe Saverimuttu, director of the iSelectMD College unit. “Generation Z students want on-demand, convenient health care. We are thrilled for the opportunity to support the incredible mission of Davis & Elkins College”
Founded in 2010, iSelectMD is a mHealth (mobile health) and Telehealth provider comprised of a national network of Board Certified Physicians with an "In-sourced" Care Center. iSelectMD provides real time access to non-emergency primary care and behavioral health through voice or bi-directional video. Utilizing its proprietary, resolution-based process, iSelectMD brings non-emergency illnesses to resolution while reducing costs and improving access to health care.
Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.