definitions in this section apply throughout this rule.
(b) "Board" refers to the medical licensing
board of Indiana established by IC
(c) "Participant" means a physician who holds
an active, unrestricted license to practice medicine in the state of Indiana. A
participant may choose to organize under an entity or entities for authorized
(d) "Pilot program" means
a pilot program established by the board to provide telehealth services to
patients in Indiana without the requirement of an in-person, patient-physician
relationship. The board may authorize more than one (1) participant to provide
telehealth services under the pilot program.
(e) "Telehealth" means the practice of health
care delivery, diagnosis, consultation, treatment, transfer of medical data, or
exchange of medical education information by means of real-time video or secure
chat or secure e-mail or integrated telephony while the patient is at any
location and the health care provider is at any other location.
(f) "Telehealth services" means the use of
telecommunications and information technology to provide access to health
assessment, diagnosis, intervention, consultation, treatment, supervision, and
information across a distance.
"Valid prescription" refers to a prescription that is issued by a licensed
physician for a legitimate medical purpose in the usual course of professional
practice and issued by the licensed physician who has first obtained a medical
history and conducted an evaluation of the patient adequate to establish a
(h) "Visit" includes a
single, independent encounter not to include follow-up visits by the same
patient for that initial encounter. A visit by an established patient for a new
encounter of treatment would be considered a new visit for purposes of the