Improving health care for Hoosiers is one of the most important issues facing
This year, we also have the opportunity to dramatically improve the way medical services are delivered in
Senate Bill 489, now before the Indiana Legislature would allow
Imagine, if you will, doctors being able to consult specialists anywhere in
Imagine doctors being able to remotely examine patients in their homes, or in an extended care facility, to diagnose routine illnesses and skin ailments without requiring the patient to come to the office or emergency room.
Imagine a surgeon or emergency room physician ordering x-rays or other medical imaging and having a radiologist in another room or even another hospital interpreting those images with sophisticated computers while the patient is being treated or having surgery.
Imagine having medical bills and prescriptions transmitted directly to their destination without delay or handling or duplicating documents.
Imagine a medical records system that didn’t require patients and providers to constantly fill out paper forms and cut down tremendously on delay and errors.
A fully integrated telemedicine system could make all of this and more happen in
Senate Bill 489, if it is implemented immediately, can accomplish those goals and push Hoosier health care ahead by decades.
This is an opportunity that must not be lost. In one stroke we can:
- Make health care services quicker and easier to deliver to patients.
- Save tremendous numbers of tax dollars and insurance premiums.
- Improve the efficiency and availability or our skilled health care professionals.
The Senate unanimously passed SB 489 and the House Health Committee also passed the bill without dissent on March 7. We believe the full House of Representatives will pass the bill overwhelmingly.
The Administration has not yet taken a position on this rare opportunity. We hope they will do that soon.
[*] For detailed information re: the Rural Health Care Pilot Program: http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/rural/rhcp.html