Telemedicine Gets a Hearing at the State House

Caregivers and patients spoke at a hearing before the Joint Committee on Financial Services last Tuesday, asking the legislature to pass a law expanding access to telemed services. The legislation, has gained widespread support from legislators interested in providing patients with easier access to medical care and improved outcomes for chronic illnesses. The main opposition has come from insurance companies that object to covering telemedicine services on par with in-person visits. One panel that testified included, Liz Asai, CEO and co-founder of 3Derm Systems, Inc.; Jenny Chiang, M.D., medical director, MetroWest Healthcare Alliance; and Craig Best, M.D., president & CEO, Tufts Medical Center Physicians Organization.