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Doctors using virtual care visits to treat flu patients

 – Hospitals are feeling the strain as people with the flu pack into waiting rooms and clinics. But some North Texas doctors are taking advantage of a new technology to make a diagnosis without the sick person ever leaving their home.

When Dr. Akanksha Kumar with Methodist Health isn’t seeing patients face to face with flu symptoms, she’s treating them virtually.

The medical center’s new virtual care program called Methodist NOW has been active for about two weeks. It allows people to exchange messages in a real-time chat session with a doctor. Read more.