Twenty eight counties across the state do not have a psychiatrist, leaving many to seek treatment in local hospital emergency rooms. But the Statewide Telepsychiatry program, which started in January, is designed to address a shortage of psychologists, especially in rural areas. The program is helping patients get the help they need using video and audio streaming videoconferencing technology similar to Skype or Facetime. East Carolina University’s E-Behavioral Health Telepsychiatry Center is providing the consultations and so far, the program is showing positive results. A recent st
This week on the Down East Journal, State Chief Information Officer Chris Estes tells us about the future of drone technology in North Carolina and how drones could be used by law enforcement, in hurricane recovery and agriculture. And, a former reporter for the Jacksonville Daily News steps into the world of crime fiction with book one in a series featuring a Naval Criminal Investigative Service agent based at Camp Lejeune. More on that story, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.