Telemedicine Bill Signed into Law

Montpelier, Vermont -

Video chat technology may be just what the doctor ordered.

 

Governor Phil Scott signed a new bill into law Wednesday, related to insurance coverage for telemedicine services delivered in or outside of a health care facility.

 

The services are helpful to those who aren't nearby to big hospitals, like UVM, to receive care by video chat at a remote location, like their workplace or at home.

 

Leaders say it could prove beneficial in a number of ways.

 

“For ongoing mental health care, and substance abuse treatment care, where the patient does not need to travel sometimes a great distance for uh, for each appointment.” Said Chittenden County State Representative Bill Lippert. “Mental health care and substance abuse care can very effectively be done over a telemedicine connection, so we think this will greatly increase access there."

 

Most of the tele-health offered so far has been mostly at UVM or Rutland Regional Medical Center due to concerns over using secure servers to protect patient privacy.

 


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