Telemedicine proponents, no doubt, are pinching themselves. After many years of promoting the concept and helping the technology advance to its current state of sophistication, it appears to be nearing the Promised Land.

Professional organizations and payers are giving telemedicine a stature that has eluded it for decades. For example, a recent survey by the Federation of State Medical Boards found that telemedicine was the most important regulatory topic for state medical boards in 2016, beating out resources related to opioid prescribing and the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.

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