Virtual Consultations Measure Up, says New Study

17 June 2009 (Last Updated June 17th, 2009 18:30)

Virtual doctor visits through videoconferencing are as good as direct consultations on most measures, according to research published in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. A study carried out on 175 patients found that the consultation time, ease of interaction and person

Virtual doctor visits through videoconferencing are as good as direct consultations on most measures, according to research published in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare.

A study carried out on 175 patients found that the consultation time, ease of interaction and personal aspects of the visit were similar in virtual and in-person consultations.

Virtual consultations are emerging in primary care and Minnesota and Hawaii are reported to be leading the deployment of the technology in the US.