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 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.
Connecticut is currently one of five states — including California, Maine, Massachusetts, and New York — that does not require an in-person physical examination, to establish a bonafide patient-physician relationship. Instead, healthcare providers may not only establish patient relationships through telemedicine, but they may also prescribe non-controlled substances — prescribing “dangerous drugs or devices” via telemedicine, may only be permitted if an in-person examination is conducted first. Connecticut’s telemedicine requirement’s, are similarly reflective of in-person health care services.
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 health care 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 it’s progressive policy towards the further growth and development of telehealth/telemedicine, Connecticut is ready for the future of medicine.
For the first time in history, qualified medical marijuana patients may now choose to see a marijuana doctor online, using medical marijuana telemedicine services for the purposes of obtaining a Connecticut medical marijuana evaluation.
If you are a qualified medical marijuana patient, living in Connecticut, you can now choose to:
see a marijuana doctor in-person for purposes of getting a Connecticut medical marijuana evaluation, OR
see a marijuana doctor online and on-demand, via the telemedicine portal.
Connecticut Chapter 319v* Medical Assistance Sec. 17b-245c
Act Concerning the Facilitation of Telehealth
American Telemedicine Association — Connecticut
Center For Connected Health Policy — Connecticut