Telemedicine Growth Spurred by Legislative Support
In May (2017), Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 1107 into law, allowing physicians to utilize telemedicine services with patients they have not met in person. Before, an in-person visit between the physician and patient had to occur before telemedicine services could be provided. Texas was the last state in the U.S. to uphold the requirement, but now telemedicine companies, which established regional presences so far, can expand their services across the nation. Telemedicine services are becoming increasingly vital to patients, especially in rural areas where access to an in-person physician or specialist is limited. Legislative hurdles have been a substantial hindrance to telemedicine adoption in the U.S., but as local, state, and federal governments continue to see the benefits from enabling the use of these solutions, they will grow and expand.
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