Partners Online Specialty Consultations
For over 12 years, patients and providers from all over the globe have received consultations from specialists at Partners-affiliated hospitals, without stepping foot in Boston.
Partners Online Specialty Consultations (POSC) provides a platform for secure online and video consultations. Specialists at Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals, Dana Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center and Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary have offered their expertise to patients as far away as Israel, Hong Kong and Greece.
Patients and their local physicians register online for the service, and provide all relevant medical history, radiology studies and pathology. The materials can be sent electronically or mailed to our offices. Once all of the information is complete, it is triaged to the most appropriate specialist to handle the case. The specialist reviews the information and, typically within just a few days, submits their opinion into the secure POSC system, where is is then shared with the patient and local physician. POSC coordinators keep patients updated along the way.
In a recent review of completed consultations, we found that over 90% of the time the consulting specialist offered either new treatment recommendations or an opinion that differed from the referring physician. Approximately 5% of the time a new diagnosis was established. These results indicate the potential for profound impact on care.
For those with a life-changing condition, POSC offers peace of mind, often more treatment options and, ultimately, a higher level of commitment to their treatment plan.
If you are a specialist at a Partners-affiliated hospital, contact POSC to participate with over 600 other specialists in our program. Tel: 617-724-9295 or 888-456-5003.