State Senator Schwertner Announces Filing of Telemedicine Bill

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State Senator Schwertner Announces Filing of Telemedicine Bill

Published on February 28, 2017 by Larry Crippen

Senator Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) announces the filing of Senate Bill 1107, legislation that would provide a clear and accountable regulatory structure for the operation of telemedical services in Texas.  The term “telemedicine” generally refers to healthcare service providers that utilize novel telecommunications or internet-based technology to diagnose and treat patients remotely.

After months of negotiations between provider groups and the burgeoning telehealth industry, SB 1107 ultimately emerged as an agreed solution for regulating the practice of medicine in circumstances where a patient is not physically present — a key point of contention which had long set the groups at odds with one another.

SB 1107 also establishes a clear definition of telemedicine in state law and clarifies that the same standard of care that would apply in a traditional, in-person setting also applies to telemedical services.

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