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Indiana’s New Telemedicine Law Takes Effect July 1st

Indiana may soon have a better reputation in the realm of healthcare, at least in terms of patient-physician access.

Indiana presents ranks 39th in that regard, but a new law that takes effect July 1st could change the Hoosier state’s standing.

According to a new report from Indiana Public Media, the new law will allow Indiana to catch up to the telemedicine trend and allow for doctors to visit with patients via video conferencing and provide prescriptions if needed.
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Telemedicine Could Help Mental Healthcare in Indiana

Telemedicine Could Help Mental Healthcare in IndianaAccording to a new AP report, Indiana has little or no available mental healthcare available in rural areas of the state. Modern technology, however, could help provide psychiatric care to the eight counties that don’t have mental health providers, the 23 counties without a psychiatrist, and the many sections that are underserved. Indiana has 462 psychiatrists while federal guidelines call for 600.

With an encrypted video link, providers can treat the mentally ill or social workers can counsel a patient or video conference group sessions. Setting up the computer and video technology for a caregiver or patient with data that can be encrypted to protect patients’ privacy can cost less than $1,000.

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