Tuesday, May 15, 2007

No doctor in the OR!

From the Tennessean.com article:

Imagine going to the hospital for surgery, but there's no doctor in the operating room.

Instead, there's a robot, controlled by a doctor in some other city.

The breakthrough that makes that possible is among the technology on display at the 12th annual meeting of the American Telemedicine Association. The meet, which began Sunday, ends today at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.

The event drew about 120 exhibitors, including the makers of a robot that lets doctors interact with patients from miles away, and of machines that can be used to check on patients in their homes and record their blood pressure and other vital signs.
The article points out that insurance (lack of reimbursement) can be a barrier to telemedicine. Click here to read the entire article.

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