‘This may open a whole new business model for telehealth’
CHICAGO – Patients in 29 states can now receive telehealth services from licensed nurses through an Enhanced Nurse License Compact.
The eNLC allows the recognition of nursing licenses between member states.
“This may open a whole new business model for telehealth,” said Candy Campbell, a registered nurse at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions.
Licensing standards are aligned in member states to ensure that all nurses applying for a multistate license are required to meet the same standards, which include a federal and state criminal background check.
Campbell believes the compact will help address the national shortage of nurses, especially in rural communities, through the use of technology.
“Allowing seamless entry from one state to another will certainly defray the shortage of nurses,” she said. “RNs and licensed, certified nurse practitioners can expect to have new opportunities to serve clients virtually.”
Dr. Latisha Rowe, founder of The Rowe Network, an online specialty medical group that provides telemedicine to patients around the world, said the eNLC will expand options for nurses to treat patients in their homes or other settings closer to home.
“The nursing compact will allow nurses to have more flexibility in supplying the needs of ‘health care deserts’ and to support multiple states virtually with video-based mobile apps,” she said.
eNLC member states are Arizona; Arkansas; Colorado; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Idaho; Iowa; Kentucky; Maine; Maryland; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; New Hampshire; New Mexico; North Carolina; North Dakota; Oklahoma; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; West Virginia; Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Legislation is pending in seven other states.