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AB 1785

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2009-2010 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Assembly
  • Senate
  • Governor

Prisons: telemedicine systems.


Existing law, the Telemedicine Development Act of 1996, regulates the practice of telemedicine, defined as the practice of health care delivery, diagnosis, consultation, treatment, transfer of medical data, and education using interactive audio, video, or data communications, by a health care practitioner, as defined. Existing law establishes that it is the intent of the Legislature that the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation operate in the most cost-effective and efficient manner possible when purchasing health care services for inmates. This bill would state the Legislature's findings and declarations on the use of telemedicine in the state's prisons. This bill would require the department, by January 1, 2012, to include protocols within its existing guidelines for determining when telemedicine services are appropriate, and would require the department to require an operational telemedicine services program at all adult institutions by January 1, 2015. The bill would require the department to schedule a patient for an evaluation with a distant physician when it is determined to be medically necessary, and would allow the department to use telemedicine only when it is in the best interest of the health and safety of the inmate patient. The bill would require the department to ensure that telemedicine shall not be used to supplant civil service physicians and dentists. The bill would require the department to report to the Legislature, as provided, by March 1, 2012, and every year thereafter, regarding the department's implementation of statewide telemedicine services. This bill would render this reporting requirement inoperative on March 1, 2017.

Bill Sponsors (1)

Cathleen Galgiani

  • Democratic
  • upper
  • 5



Nov 30, 2010


From committee without further action.

May 28, 2010


In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.

May 19, 2010


In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.

May 12, 2010


In committee: Hearing postponed by committee.

Apr 29, 2010


Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Apr 28, 2010


Read second time and amended.

Apr 27, 2010


From committee: Amend, do pass as amended, and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 11. Noes 6.) (April 20).

Apr 13, 2010


In committee: Set, first hearing. Hearing canceled at the request of author.

Apr 05, 2010


Re-referred to Com. on HEALTH.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on HEALTH.


From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to Com. on HEALTH. Read second time and amended.

Mar 25, 2010


Referred to Coms. on HEALTH and PUB. S.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on HEALTH and PUB. S.

Feb 11, 2010


From printer. May be heard in committee March 13.

Feb 10, 2010


Read first time. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
02/10/10 - Introduced PDF
04/05/10 - Amended Assembly PDF
04/28/10 - Amended Assembly PDF

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