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Telemedicine brings new options to patients in Central Austin

Telemedicine is the provision of healthcare services to a patient by a doctor in a remote location using technology. Or as Kristi Henderson, vice president of Patient Access, Healthcare Transformation and Virtual Care at Ascension Texas and a clinical professor at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin, sees it, telemedicine is like the grocery store express lane.

“If you have a minor illness or injury and just need to have a follow-up appointment, why are you going to the line that has everybody with two buggies full of groceries and which costs more money? Why can’t you do it in an express lane?”

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Elizabeth Truong, MD featured on WOAI! Check it out!

In  an era of increased awareness of, and concern for, mental health  issues, one Texas doctor says re-writing the rules for practitioners  will lead to improved "distance" treatment of patients in need of  psychiatric help, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Austin  psychiatrist Dr. Elizabeth Truong has authored a proposal to align  federal and state laws, and regulatory rules such as those issued by the  U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, to support and streamline mental  health diagnosis and prescriptive treatment through "telemedicine," also  known as "telehealth."

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