Utah Code Title 26 Utah Health Code Chapter 60 Telehealth Act Section 102 Definitions
As used in this chapter:
“(1) "Asynchronous store and forward transfer" means the transmission of a patient's health care information from an originating site to a provider at a distant site.
(2) "Distant site" means the physical location of a provider delivering telemedicine services.
(3) "Originating site" means the physical location of a patient receiving telemedicine services.
(4) "Patient" means an individual seeking telemedicine services.
(a) "Patient-generated medical history" means medical data about a patient that the patient creates, records, or gathers.
(b) "Patient-generated medical history" does not include a patient's medical record that a healthcare professional creates and the patient personally delivers to a different healthcare professional.
(6) "Provider" means an individual who is:
(a) licensed under Title 26, Chapter 21, Health Care Facility Licensing and Inspection Act;
(b) licensed under Title 58, Occupations and Professions, to provide health care; or
(c) licensed under Title 62A, Chapter 2, Licensure of Programs and Facilities.
(7) "Synchronous interaction" means real-time communication through interactive technology that enables a provider at a distant site and a patient at an originating site to interact simultaneously through two-way audio and video transmission.
(8) "Telehealth services" means the transmission of health-related services or information through the use of electronic communication or information technology.
(9) "Telemedicine services" means telehealth services:
(i) clinical care;
(ii) health education;
(iii) health administration;
(iv) home health;
(v) facilitation of self-managed care and caregiver support; or
(vi) remote patient monitoring occurring incidentally to general supervision; and
(b) provided by a provider to a patient through a method of communication that:
(A) uses asynchronous store and forward transfer; or
(B) uses synchronous interaction; and
(ii) meets industry security and privacy standards, including compliance with:
(A) the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, Pub. L. No. 104-191, 110 Stat. 1936, as amended; and
(B) the federal Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, Pub. L. No. 111-5, 123 Stat. 226, 467, as amended.”
Telemental health is not a separate service from mental health services. All state licensing boards require that licensed clinicians follow all the regulations for practicing under their license no matter what medium of communication is used. All licensing boards also require that clinicians only practice within the boundaries of their competence. This usually requires education, continuing education, and/or supervision in telemental health. Complete our telehealth training program to cover all the essential competencies of providing telemental health services and earn the THTC (Telemental Health Training Certificate).