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.