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June 25, 2014

Virtual Physician Visits Venture Into Mainstream Use

JAMA. 2014;311(24):2468-2469. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.7071

Boston—Follow-up virtual physician “visits” conducted through a web-based portal have moved into mainstream use at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston. This efficient mode of care delivery is receiving rave reviews from clinicians and patients, according to a presentation at the Medical Informatics World Conference held here in April.

An asynchronous (not conducted in real time) virtual visit or templated web visit involves a web portal and a condition-specific questionnaire. For chronic conditions, it is designed to replace an in-person, follow-up visit with a clinician.

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