A virtual doctor can be a lifesaver for many people who struggle to find the time to see a doctor or get a test done, according to a study released Tuesday.
The Virtual HealthCare Collaborative study, which involved 1,300 adults from five states, found that doctors who were virtualized in a virtual environment were able to offer patients with chronic conditions more accurate information about their health.
The study’s findings are consistent with those of a 2015 study that examined virtual physicians in the US, and suggests that virtualizing can improve the health of patients and improve their quality of care, said study co-author Jennifer Levenson, a researcher at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
A virtual doctor’s office can include a virtual version of the doctor’s exam room, which can include the doctor or his/her office’s computer and lab, as well as a virtual copy of the patient’s exam.
The virtual doctor also has access to a range of patient-focused resources, such as a phone app, that can be used to connect patients to physicians and patients.
Levenson said virtualization could also be useful for patients who have trouble getting appointments with a regular doctor or have to drive to a different location for a test.
The researchers looked at the effect virtualization had on doctors’ ability to deliver quality care and how that impact was linked to whether they were virtual or not.
In the first part of the study, participants were randomly assigned to receive virtualization for either an hour a day or for an hour and a half a week.
The next step was to see if virtualization was linked with a difference in how the participants performed in their tests.
The participants who received virtualization performed better than the other participants in all tests and were less likely to have their test scores decrease over the course of the week.
However, the researchers found that virtualization did not have an effect on the overall health of the participants.
Participants who received a virtual office and the same amount of time in the virtual office had similar test scores, but the participants who were not virtualized had significantly worse scores in all of the tests.
When the researchers looked specifically at how the virtualized doctors did on a scale of 0 to 100, the results were similar to those of the other two groups, which showed that virtual physicians had lower scores than the rest of the test participants.
“What this study shows is that virtualizations have an important role in improving quality of health care for patients and the overall quality of life of those with chronic diseases,” Levensons study coauthor, Jodie Farrar, said in a statement.
Virtualization was associated with better results in tests that were used to assess the health and safety of virtual physicians.
Levasons study also found that while virtualization can improve quality of medical care, it may not have the same effect for the health care provider.
“There is a potential for the virtualization to improve health outcomes for some, but we need to do a lot more research to determine if this effect is a good or bad thing for the patient,” Levasons said.