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Comment & Response
June 26, 2018

Virtual Care as a Specialty

Author Affiliations
  • 1Division of Clinical Informatics, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts
JAMA. 2018;319(24):2559-2560. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.5670

To the Editor The Viewpoint by Drs Nochomovits and Sharma called for the creation of a new medical specialty: the medical virtualist.1 Although we agree that physicians need to be trained to use technology wisely and well, we were surprised that the authors did not mention the new subspecialty of clinical informatics.2 Clinical informatics provides training in the application of information technology to the delivery of health care. In the initial program requirements developed by the American Medical Informatics Association3,4 and later adopted by the American Board of Medical Specialties, core competencies for physicians in this subspecialty include the need to demonstrate competence in assessing telecommunications systems and evaluating the effect of such systems on patient care and health care clinicians.