The "E-Therapy, Telehealth,
Telepsychiatry, and Beyond" conference sponsored
by SAMHSA is one of a series of ongoing Federal
initiatives that apply new communications technologies
to substance abuse treatment and mental health
services. A glossary of terms follows:
Video teleconferencing is
an interactive tool that incorporates audio,
video, and computing and communications technologies
to allow people in different locations to collaborate
face to face electronically, in real time,
and to share data, documents, sound, and images.
uses a high-speed broadband Internet connection
to make local and long-distance telephone calls.
Calls are cheaper than normal switch-based
calls making up the current telephone infrastructure.
Interactive Web sites offer
users prompts that "talk back" with
images, icons, and words.
Resources include www.fcc.gov/voip.
For more information, visit SAMHSA's Web site