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Texas telemedicine war cools off

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The telemedicine war  may be calming down in Texas.

It has been a year since the Lone Star State imposed controversial restrictions on telemedicine, in part because of pressure from physicians worried that telemedicine might cut into their income. The action spawned a lawsuit from Teladoc Inc., based in  Dallas.

Teladoc is a year-old telehealth company that uses telephone and videoconferencing technology to provide on-demand remote medical care via mobile devices, the Internet, video and phone. 

The state  last year banned physicians from making diagnoses or prescribing drugs over the telephone or Internet for any patient with whom they didn’t have an existing  in-person relationship.

But now The Texas Tribune reports that some healthcare and business groups, including Teladoc,  have met  about “modernizing our telemedicine statutes and reducing the regulatory footprint governing the provision of telemedicine services.” The groups hope to reach a compromise to submit to the Texas legislature next year.

To read The Texas Tribune article, please hit this link.



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