Your next check up may be done in the comfort of your living room.
A bill to enable more doctors to offer their services via the Internet or other technology passed a Senate committee Tuesday.
In addition to doctors, the bill now includes as those who can practice telemedicine physician assistants, advanced registered nurse practitioners, and pharmacists.
Even doctors who aren’t licensed to practice in Florida can provide remote services. They just have to be affiliated with a Florida hospital or health care plan.
Listen to the story:
Every morning at 10:00 a.m., congestive heart failure patient Marilyn Yeats of Naples conducts her own health checkup with the help of a computer.
Call it a virtual visit. She uses a home health guide to send her vitals to her nurse in Tampa Bay via the internet.
“This program is having your own private nurse,” says Yeats.
HealthyState.org follows Yeats through her checkup and visits the behind-the-scenes of what happens to Yeats’ data.