MGH Doc: 60 Percent Of Visits Could Happen Online

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Dr. Ronald Dixon sees plenty of patients in his office, but he regularly does follow-ups via Skype. As the director of the Virtual Practice Project at Mass. General, Dixon is an evangelist for online medicine, arguing that as many as 60 percent of doctor visits could be done more efficiently via video conference, text message or e-mail. The trick is getting patients comfortable with it, getting doctors trained to do it and getting insurance companies to pay for it.


  • Dr. Ronald Dixon, director of the Virtual Practice Project at Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Dr. Amy Ship, internist in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

This program aired on August 31, 2010.


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