Partners Online Second Opinions

For those with complex medical questions or concerns, looking for answers or alternatives, or simply peace of mind – we are here to help.

Partners Online Second Opinions has provided thousands of patients and physicians remote access to the many specialists affiliated with Partners HealthCare, a Harvard Medical School-affiliated healthcare delivery system, based in Boston, Massachusetts.

The Partners HealthCare network includes top hospitals in the United States, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Many of our specialists are world-renowned experts in their field, and are available to review medical history and related materials, and provide you with a written consultation report.

When you are faced with decisions regarding a new diagnosis or treatment plan, having another expert opinion is the first step towards getting the care you need.

For 200 years, patients have been traveling to Boston to get some of the best care in the world. Now you can access this expertise from the comfort of your home.

Featured Specialist

Joseph Kvedar, MD

Joseph C. Kvedar, MD, a board-certified dermatologist, is the Founder and Director of the Center for Connected Health and Vice-Chair of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kvedar’s primary responsibilities involve direction and management of the Center for Connected Health, a service of Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals. Dr. Kvedar is immediate Past Chair of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Task Force on Telemedicine. He co-authored the initial set of AAD telemedicine guidelines and participated in their subsequent revisions. He also serves as Chair of the Association of Professors of Dermatology Curriculum Committee with a focus on the ACGME competencies. Dr. Kvedar is recognized internationally for his forward thinking in creating the next generation of communication technologies in health care. The Center for Connected Health’s programmatic platform includes digital home health, online second opinion consultations, interactive consultations and underserved population health care initiatives. It has an extensive service in clinical and educational videoconferencing and multimedia productions that link and provide information to health care providers world-wide. Dr. Kvedar’s academic interest focuses on the systematic study of how the clinical care process can be performed in a time and place independent of a specialist while preserving quality of care. He has been a senior author or major contributor in several major publications addressing aspects of this theme. For example, Kvedar was among the first to show that a series of still digital images can substitute for the dermatologic physical exam as published in Arch Dermatol. 1997;133:161-167. Dr. Kvedar is Past President of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA).

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