The Connecticut General Assembly defines “telemedicine” as, the use of interactive audio, video or data communications, in the delivery of medical diagnosis, counsel, care, or treatment — however, telemedicine does not include solely the use of audio-only telephones or facsimiles; and “telehealth”, is defined as the mode of delivering health care or related services, by means of communicational and informational technologies, to assist a diagnosis, consultation, treatment, care management, self-management of a patient’s physical and mental health, and education.
Identified as a potentially transformative strategy to increase access to care for patients in Connecticut, telemedicine is predicted to increase the quality of care, while simultaneously lowering the costs of healthcare, for Connecticut’s rural citizenry.
As per the Connecticut Medical Board, health care practitioners providing telemedicine services, are required to adhere to the same standard of professional conduct and practice, as healthcare practitioners of the same practice or specialty, providing services in-person — with the exception of prescription.
All out-of-state health care practitioners intending to provide telemedicine services, to patients geographically situated in the state of Connecticut, must first obtain a valid medical license, from the Connecticut Medical Board, prior to commencing service — however, physician-to-physician (P2P) exemptions apply.
With its progressive policy towards the further growth and development of telehealth/telemedicine, Connecticut is ready for the future of medicine.
Though telemedicine is legal in Connecticut, physicians are prohibited from prescribing Schedule I, II, and III, including marijuana.
Connecticut Chapter 319v* Medical Assistance Sec. 17b-245c
Act Concerning the Facilitation of Telehealth
American Telemedicine Association — Connecticut
Center For Connected Health Policy — Connecticut
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