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Deval Patrick joins board of e-health firm

American Well’s video service links patients and doctors

Former governor Deval Patrick, now a managing director at Bain Capital, has been named to the board of directors of the Boston e-health care company American Well.

The privately held company markets its services as an easy, low-cost way for consumers to consult a doctor without an appointment — through high-resolution video connections — and get prescriptions for many common ailments.

Patrick was named to its board at the same time as Brendan O’Grady, an executive at Teva Pharmaceuticals.

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Patrick’s appointment was not related to his practice at Bain, according to a spokeswoman for American Well, and Bain is not an investor in American Well. In that role, he focuses on for-profit investments that can address social problems such as obesity and climate change.

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Patrick’s pay for serving on the board was not disclosed. A spokeswoman for American Well said it was company policy to not comment on compensation.

Services such as those provided by American Well and others have been hailed by some policy makers and medical experts as a money-saving innovation. Others, including some doctors, have been skeptical of the benefits and accuracy of examinations performed through video connections.

Jack Newsham can be reached
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