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States advance telemedicine capabilities

Patients are increasingly demanding instantaneous access to healthcare services, particularly as they become more engaged in real-time communication through the use of smart-phones and social media platforms. The majority of U.S. states have attempted to improve medical outreach and quality care by strengthening telemedicine services and loosening restrictions of reimbursement. DRG has tracked some of the state activity and compiled a heat map to help explain current events.