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Virtual hospital for HIV patients halves consultation times

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1818 (Published 21 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1818
  1. Aser García Rada
  1. 1Madrid

A home telemedicine system for patients with stable HIV infection has proved popular among patients and has reduced consultation times by half, say doctors in Barcelona and Madrid.

The Virtual Hospital was developed by a team from the University of Barcelona Hospital Clinic and the Bioengineering and Telemedicine Unit of the Technical University of Madrid.

It offers four main services: virtual consultations, a telepharmacy, a virtual library, and a virtual community. Patients get their drug treatments by post and can book consultations online, …

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