The Perils of Using Skype (as Published in the Psychiatric Times)

Skype for Health CareThe use of Skype has been controversial for many years. In March of 2013, the Psychiatric Times ran my co-authored article with Dr. Joe McMenamin documenting the several reasons for avoiding Skype for health care. It contains many primary sources used to substantiate our perspectives. Much of this information is readily accessible online, and we’ve summarized it for you in this short article. We’d be delighted to have you leave additional sources in our comment section below.

For yet more information about Best Practices for audio/video platforms, see these three courses in our Certificate program, also available separately:

For a quick, 1-hour course that doesn’t discuss any of the fundamentals but does identify video conferencing platforms that are HIPAA-compliant alternatives to Skype, see this course, which is available online as an audio recording, along with 1 Continuing Education Unit (CE), transcripts and slides:

If you’d prefer to fish through this information on your own, I’ve been quite outspoken about the many problems with Skype. I’ll list some of the most popular below for your convenience, but you can also search for them all by entering “Skype” into the upper right hand corner of this page if you’d like to see them all.

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Poonam Sharma, Ph.D.

Dr. Sharma is a licensed psychologist in private practice in San Antonio Texas. She earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from The University of Texas at Austin in 1994. In her clinical practice, she provides psychotherapy for adults and specialize in working with people dealing with health issues, such as infertility, traumatic injury, and stress. She is the author of Strong Women, Strong Love: The Missing Manual for the Modern Marriage (StrongWomenStrongLove.com). Her coaching work focuses on helping professional women wanting to learn how to build a great marriage, despite the challenges of modern society. She loves making the tools and knowledge of her field highly accessible to anyone who is hoping to better their life in any way.

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