Connecting Patients and Providers, Virtually Anywhere
Massachusetts General Hospital has a legacy of developing and implementing telehealth solutions dating back to 1967 with Dr. Kenneth Bird in the Logan Airport Clinic. Activity in this area blossomed in 2001 with the launch of our TeleStroke program and since 2013, the Mass General Center for TeleHealth has supported virtual care programs, including video-enabled patient visits, video-enabled provider-to-provider consults, and online provider-to-provider consults between institutions.
Dr. Kenneth Bird, a pulmonologist at Mass General, conducted the hospital's first virtual visit in 1967. Using a closed-circuit television system, Dr. Bird was able to virtually examine ill travelers arriving at Boston's Logan Airport, located approximately 3 miles from the hospital's main campus. The technology used for these initial virtual visits was a precursor to today's web-camera experience.
Partners Connected Health was established. Partners Connected Health creates and validates technology-enabled solutions that empower patients and providers to transform healthcare.
Mass General TeleHealth began enabling community providers and Mass General clinicians to provide high-quality, coordinated care to patients and families through virtual technology.