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RULE §111.210Definitions Relating to Telehealth
Texas Register

Unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, the following words and terms, when used in this subchapter, shall have the following meanings.

  (1) Client--A consumer or proposed consumer of speech-language pathology or audiology services.

  (2) Client site--The physical location of the client at the time the services are being furnished via telecommunications.

  (3) Consultant--Any professional who collaborates with a provider of telehealth services to provide services to clients.

  (4) Facilitator--The individual at the client site who assists with the delivery of the telehealth services at the direction of the audiologist or speech-language pathologist.

  (5) Provider--An individual who holds a current, renewable, unrestricted speech-language pathology or audiology license under Texas Occupations Code §401.302 and §401.304; or an individual who holds an audiology intern license under Texas Occupations Code §401.311.

  (6) Provider site--The physical location at which the speech-language pathologist or audiologist delivering the services is located at the time the services are provided via telecommunications which is distant or remote from the client site.

  (7) Telecommunications--Interactive communication at a distance by concurrent two-way transmission, using telecommunications technology, of information, including, without limitation, sound, visual images, and/or computer data, between the client site and the provider site, and required to occur without a change in the form or content of the information, as sent and received, other than through encoding or encryption of the transmission itself for purposes of and to protect the transmission.

  (8) Telecommunications technology--Computers and equipment, other than telephone, email or facsimile technology and equipment, used or capable of use for purposes of telecommunications. For purposes of this subchapter, the term includes, without limitation:

    (A) compressed digital interactive video, audio, or data transmission;

    (B) clinical data transmission using computer imaging by way of still-image capture and storage and forward; and

    (C) other technology that facilitates the delivery of telepractice services.

  (9) Telehealth--The use of telecommunications and information technologies for the exchange of information from one site to another for the provision of speech-language pathology or audiology services to a client from a provider.

  (10) Telehealth services--The application of telecommunication technology to deliver speech-language pathology and/or audiology services at a distance for assessment, intervention, and/or consultation.

  (11) Telepractice--The use of telecommunications technology by a license holder for an assessment, intervention, or consultation regarding a speech-language pathology or audiology client.

  (12) Telepractice services--The rendering of audiology and/or speech-language pathology services through telepractice to a client who is physically located at a site other than the site where the provider is located.

Source Note: The provisions of this §111.210 adopted to be effective October 1, 2016, 41 TexReg 4441

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