Telemedicine in Texas
October 24, 2017
More Texans are about to be able enjoy a new and convenient way to see their doctors. Called telemedicine, patients can use their phones or computers to teleconference doctors from the comfort of their homes or offices.
“In May, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a bill allowing doctors to use videoconferencing to treat patients whom they haven’t met in person. Previously, doctor-patient relationships in Texas had to be established face-to-face first or patients were required to have another medical professional with them during video consultations.”
How does this affect ARC patients?
Austin Regional Clinic has been offering telemedicine services to our own employees and to employees of other businesses, as well as to members of local health plans such as Vista360Health. We are also testing a subscription model of the service that could be purchased by our patients or anyone else in Texas who would like 24/7 access to a physician.
“They love it,” said Jake A. Childers, medical director of the clinic’s eMD Access unit. “Once a patient has used the service, they are extremely likely to use it again. All signs point to the fact that this is going to be an increasingly important way for people to access the health care system.
“He said the Austin Regional Clinic hopes to make the service available to all of its patients “well within a year.” The service will be staffed on a rotating basis by local doctors who work for the clinic and want to participate, he said.”