Virginia is for lovers — of telemedicine
In previous posts on Break Down the Walls, we’ve discussed how telemedicine helps increase access to healthcare. This is especially important in today’s healthcare environment and in rural and underprivileged areas where the existing doctor shortage creates limited access to needed services.
Telemedicine has so much potential for helping patients receive better and faster care, that the Commonwealth of Virginia recently signed the “Telemedicine Bill” into law. The bill will enable health centers across the state to utilize video teleconferencing (VTC) and other telemedicine solutions for diagnosis, treatment and consultations. This will also help to increase the use of telemedicine in Virginia’s rural communities.
Virginia is one of eleven states that have adopted such telemedicine legislation in an attempt to force insurers to cover telemedicine services and further increase adoption of telemedicine solutions within their borders.
By embracing telemedicine and VTC, Virginia and other states can provide equal access to care for all of their citizens regardless of where they live, and ensure that they receive the care they need when they need it – while at the same time reducing healthcare costs for patients and providers alike.
We at TANDBERG are proud to see states breaking down the walls to effective healthcare. We’re also exceptionally proud to be providing the specialized solutions that enable telemedicine and provide a new way of caring.