New Indiana law allows for prescriptions through video call

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INDIANAPOLIS (April 23, 2016) — A new Indiana law will allow physicians to write prescriptions for patients without having to meet in person.

The law signed last month by Gov. Mike Pence overturns a requirement for physicians and patients to meet in person before a prescription can be written. Indiana patients will soon be able to talk with doctors through a video call, with doctors able to write prescriptions.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports the new law takes effect July 1. Hospitals, physician associations, insurance companies, and technology companies that connect patients and doctors supported the legislation.

State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer, who sponsored the legislation, said she heard repeatedly from insurers, health providers and employers about allowing for prescriptions using telecommunication.

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