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36-3602. Delivery of health care through telehealth; requirements; exceptions
A. Except as provided in subsection G of this section, before a health care provider delivers health care through telehealth, the treating health care provider shall obtain verbal or written informed consent, including by electronic means, from the patient or the patient's health care decision maker. If the informed consent is obtained verbally, the health care provider shall document the consent on the patient's medical record.
B. The patient is entitled to all existing confidentiality protections pursuant to section 12-2292.
C. All medical reports resulting from a telehealth consultation are part of a patient's medical record as defined in section 12-2291.
D. Dissemination of any images or information identifiable to a specific patient for research or educational purposes shall not occur without the patient's consent, unless authorized by state or federal law.
E. Except as provided in subsection F of this section and for schedule II drugs, a health care provider regulatory board or agency may not enforce any statute, rule or policy that would require a health care provider who is licensed by that board or agency and who is authorized to write prescriptions or dispense or administer prescription drugs and devices to provide an in-person examination of the patient before issuing a prescription except as specifically prescribed by federal law. A physical or mental health status examination may be conducted during a telehealth encounter. Schedule II drugs may be prescribed only after an in-person or audio-visual examination and only to the extent allowed by federal and state law.
F. Services provided through telehealth are subject to this state's laws and rules governing the health care provider's scope of practice and the practice guidelines adopted by the telehealth advisory committee on telehealth best practices established by section 36-3607.
G. The consent requirements of this section do not apply:
1. If the telehealth interaction does not take place in the physical presence of the patient.
2. In an emergency situation in which the patient or the patient's health care decision maker is unable to give informed consent.
3. To the transmission of diagnostic images to a health care provider serving as a consultant or the reporting of diagnostic test results by that consultant.