July 20, 2017

Teladoc Expands Telehealth Offering in Texas After New Telemedicine Bill

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Telehealth provider Teladoc is expanding its telehealth offerings in Texas as a result of the new landmark telemedicine bill. Once Senate Bill 1107 is signed into law, Texas will be established as a national leader in telemedicine, which marks the ending of Teladoc’s six-year legal dispute in the state regarding the proper scope and use of telemedicine.

Under this new law a patient-physician relationship can be established without an in-person visit, protecting all forms of telemedicine . Teladoc has operated in the state continuously since 2005; more than 3 million Texans have access to Teladoc, and the company’s more than 2,500 Texas clients include Michaels , Rent-A-Center , and BNSF Railway . In addition to preserving the right to telemedicine, the bill also puts in place a regulatory environment that paves the way to further transform the healthcare experience with future innovation.

Texans stand to benefit considerably from the pending law as Texas faces some of the largest healthcare access barriers in the country, with issues including proximity to doctors’ offices, long wait times and a shortage of doctors and basic medical care resources. Thirty-five counties in Texas have no family physician and Texas ranks 46th […]

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