Lucas123 writes: Psychiatrists say VoIP technology is more popular with patients than even in-person therapy when it comes to counseling — especially for their younger patients who are less intimidated by it. Along with many patients who like the convenience, telepsychiatry is a necessity for others who live in rural areas or are in, prisons, nursing homes or hospital ICUs. "We've had just over 60,000 patient encounters. To my knowledge, only six have refused to be seen via teleconferencing," said Dr. Avrim Fishkind, an emergency psychiatrist. "We're tailor made for telemedicine because we don't check people's livers. We just talk."