Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication to help individuals access their health care provider in lieu of an office visit. It is an industry-changing innovation that connects patients, particularly in rural areas, to the doctors they trust from the safety and comfort of their own homes. And it’s proved invaluable during the pandemic, allowing millions of Americans to continue receiving care while social distancing.
Empowering health care providers to deliver telemedicine would significantly increase health care access. These remote services would have enormous health benefits for patients in underserved areas without reliable access to physicians. Expanding access to telemedicine would also help patients reduce health care expenses.
House Bill 1063 would authorize health care professionals to remotely deliver virtual care to patients through any technology providers and patients agree to use. This will dramatically expand the capacity of Arkansas’ health care providers to deliver telehealth to families throughout the Natural State, especially for those living in medically underserved communities and to whom travel can be a hardship.
Urge lawmakers to support legislation that will increase access to quality and affordable care by supporting HB 1063!