Kirchhofer's telemedicine prescription bill passes Senate Health Committee

Posted by: Emily Gaylord  | Thursday, February 25, 2016

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 25, 2016) The Senate Committee on Health and Provider Services voted unanimously in support of State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer’s (R-Beech Grove) bill that would allow telemedicine prescriptions.

Telemedicine is the remote delivery of health care services and clinical information using technology like the internet and telephones.

“Telemedicine prescriptions are cost-effective and provide convenience,” Kirchhofer said. “This also helps those who are in rural Indiana, immobile, or have transportation issues.”

House Bill 1263 allows physicians and other providers with prescriptive authority to prescribe without an in-person visit. A telemedicine visit summary must be provided to the patient, and the telemedicine provider must notify the patient’s primary care provider of any prescriptions written for the patient.

Kirchhofer said by allowing patients to receive prescriptions through telemedicine not only provides greater convenience to consumers by removing the need to make trips to the doctor’s office for                non- emergency ailments like colds or sinus infections, but also frees up physicians and emergency rooms to treat those with more serious illnesses.

Kirchhofer’s bill will now move to the Senate for consideration.

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Rep. Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) represents portions of Marion County.