STATEMENT: SB 780 could move telemedicine forward in Pennsylvania

FOR RELEASE: June 13, 2018                                                                                  
CONTACT:  Jeff Wirick, Pennsylvania Medical Society, (717) 909-2651
 
The following is a statement from Theodore Christopher, MD, president of the Pennsylvania Medical Society. Dr. Christopher reacts to the Pennsylvania Senate’s passage of Senate Bill 780, which could help expand telemedicine services in Pennsylvania.
 
ChristopherblogPennsylvania has the technology and clinical expertise to be a leader in telemedicine. We just don’t have the right state laws in place to enjoy its fullest potential.
 
The Pennsylvania Senate took a first step today with the passage of Senate Bill 780. The Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) was pleased and looks forward to supporting this legislation as it moves through the House of Representatives. 
 
PAMED would like to thank Sen. Elder Vogel (R-Beaver), who introduced SB 780, for his leadership on this issue.
 
While telemedicine is currently being used in Pennsylvania, there is clear need for a statutory framework under which telemedicine can continue to evolve.
 
PAMED supported Sen. Vogel’s amendment to SB 780, which defines telemedicine and the process by which medical diagnosis, consultation, and treatment are provided through live, interactive video and audio technology that connects physicians and their patients in separate locations.
 
Geography, weather, availability of specialists, and transportation all play a role in preventing people from seeing a physician. Telemedicine can break down those barriers, especially for the thousands of Pennsylvanians living in rural and underserved areas.
 
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To learn more about the Pennsylvania Medical Society, visit www.pamedsoc.org or follow us onTwitter at @PAMEDSociety.

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