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Real-time video conferencing brings psychiatry back to Aleutian Islands

November 20, 2013 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Jim Paulin / Alaska Dispatch

Heavy emotional baggage can now be handled locally without an expensive 792-mile flight from Unalaska/Dutch Harbor to Anchorage.

A hand-held tablet computer is the latest development in mental health care in the Aleutian Islands. Using online video conferencing, patients in Unalaska can see and talk to a therapist in Anchorage without spending around a thousand dollars for a roundtrip airline ticket.

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