INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana University Health has announced a new service that provides around-the-clock access to psychiatric care for emergency room patients. The Behavioral Health Hub will offer virtual services to enable patients in need to stay where they are and significantly cut the wait time for an assessment.

Through the use of live video, the virtual service allows IU Health’s hospitals to access behavioral health expertise at all times.

“Our Behavioral Health Hub serving hospitals will give more Hoosiers timely access to behavioral health care and will alleviate some of the strain put on emergency departments,” said Anne Gilbert, MD, psychiatrist and medical director of Behavioral Health Virtual Services, in a news release. “For many who don’t have access to a primary care physician or don’t know where to go, the emergency room becomes their entry point for treatment.”

The service has begun to roll out at Arnett and Frankfort hospitals, with Jay, Blackford, Paoli, Tipton and Bedford hospitals implementing the program this month.