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News from State Senator Terry Gerratana
     

April 20, 2016

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Hartford, CT 06106-1591

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Expanding Access to Health Care with Telehealth

telehealthBy allowing doctors or other health professionals to provide basic health services over the phone or internet, we can ensure that people get the care they need without having to leave their homes. This practice, known as telehealth, greatly improves health outcomes by allowing patients to be monitored between physician office visits, and reach medical experts when one is not available in their area. This week, I led Senate passage of a bill that expands Connecticut's telehealth laws to include speech and language pathologists, audiologists and respiratory care practitioners.

Telehealth is a cost-effective and efficient way to provide high quality services. Respiratory care therapists have reported that telehealth has become invaluable in their work with patients. Using Skype or another internet video broadcast service, patients and therapists can see each other over the internet connection. By checking in through the internet or on a phone, the respiratory care therapists were able to reduce the symptoms and triggers of their chronic lung disease that can lead to reduce acute care interventions. Speech and language therapists have reported similar success by using telehealth.

I believe this new telehealth legislation will help connect patients and medical professionals more regularly and conveniently, allowing for better health outcomes at a lower cost. Now that the bill has passed from the Senate, it moves on to the House of Representatives for further action.
 

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