The North Dakota Senate on Friday passed an amended bill that governs the use of telemedicine in the state.

The original version of Senate Bill 2094 would have required patients to do a video or in-person examination for their initial visit with a telemedicine provider. But Senate Human Services Committee amended the bill to include an initial examination that uses video or "store-and-forward technology."

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According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, asynchronous or "store and forward," is the transmission of a patient's medical information to a telemedicine provider for review.

The Senate voted 47-0 to pass the bill.

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(Reach Blair Emerson at 701-250-8251 or Blair.Emerson@bismarcktribune.com)