Historically, medical care providers were restricted to practicing only in the state in which they became licensed, meaning that out of state practice was prohibited. A benefit of this measure was ensuring that each state’s standard of care was maintained in each provider-patient interaction, however, it proved to be a barrier between underserved areas and the care they needed.
In October of 2018, the House of Representatives passed a piece of legislation called the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act (H.R. 6). The act is aimed at combatting the opioid epidemic that has plagued the United States since the late 1990s. Although ineffective until 2021, these efforts signal a focus on addiction as a disease rather than deviance.
Teledentistry is the official term for using telehealth practices and tactics such as “the use of electronic information, imaging and communication technologies, including interactive audio, video, data communications as well as store and forward technologies, to provide and support dental care delivery, diagnosis, consultation, treatment, transfer of dental information and education” (ADTA).