Verizon has launched “Virtual Visits,” a new platform that will allow physicians and provider groups to connect with their patients remotely to provide them care on-the-go, according to MobiHealthNews. Currently, the new product won’t be integrated with Verizon Wireless Converged Health Management (CHM) Device – a patient monitoring product that received FDA clearance as a Class II medical device last year, according to Verizon’s Director of Product Management for Mobile Health Julie Kling – although it may be in the future. Kling said that retail clinics and physician groups that want to extend their services beyond physical spaces will have particular interest in the new product. She also explained that what makes Virtual Visits special is its emphasis on mobility.
“That’s one of the things that makes this unique,” said Kling in an interview with MobiHealthNews. “Of the few companies that do mobile-based virtual visits, most require that you use WiFi to make the calls… Ours is mobile-centric. The mobile experience for the patient is the same as you will see on a tablet or the web. Registration is also going to be available right from the mobile, [while] others require you to sign up on a computer.”