On Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. the House Committee on Small Business held a hearing titled, “Telemedicine: A Prescription for Small Medical Practices?”
“I have seen first-hand a number of patients that could have had the consultation done virtually and prevented an onerous trip to the office, to an urgent care or to the emergency room. For example, included are specific patients who could have a teledermatology consultation and receive treatment at their home or facility. An 89-year-old woman who lives alone at home, with no family in the area, and who would need to be brought to the doctor via wheelchair and transport vehicle, may be more easily evaluated via telemedicine. A nursing home patient with dementia, who requires a nursing aid and transportation and coordination costs from the nursing home to evaluate a leg ulcer or an early infection, could be effectively evaluated via teledermatology. Finally, a 2 year old with severe eczema and infections who cannot get in to see a dermatologist due to lack of access to a Medicaid dermatologist and inability for parents to transport her during their work hours across the city, two bus rides away, could be easily evaluated and/or monitored via teledermatology.” – Dr. Brenda Dintiman
Watch the video to hear experts testify before the committee. Witnesses include Karen Rheuban, director of the University of Virginia Center for Telehealth; Maggie Basgall, on behalf of NTCA —The Rural Broadband Association; and Dr. Brenda Dintiman, for the American Academy of Dermatology.