Virtual Visit allows providers to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients remotely via computers, tablets and smartphones. This service gives patients access to UF Health physicians and providers from any location with internet connectivity. This program greatly benefits patients with HIV who may have to arrange for child care, depend on public transportation or have jobs that limit the time they have to visit a doctor — breaking down barriers to lifesaving care.
The telemedicine model proved to work in rural settings where access to specialists is limited. This project aims to achieve the same results in an urban setting and is the only one of its kind nationally to receive CDC funding. As the program progresses, UF Health providers will collect data that may one day revolutionize how we tackle HIV and improve the way we care for patients, ensuring they receive the compassion, respect and high-quality health care everyone deserves.
Leon L. Haley Jr., MD, MHSA, CPE, FACEP