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