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Telemedicine: It’s a No Brainer
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Telemedicine: It’s a No Brainer

Imagine you’re sick or injured, but far from the kind of health care you need. Not long ago, you’d have been out of luck.

But now, thanks to computer links and robots, a doctor can examine you, analyze your blood, even operate on you, from miles or even thousands of miles away. Welcome to the new world of telemedicine.

Joel Levinson
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Remote Surgery

Remote Surgery

Surgeons can now operate on patients who are hundreds or even thousands of miles away, thanks to high-speed fiber-optic links and robot arms. Is "telesurgery" the future of medicine? More...

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PBS
From Afar

From Afar

Using a new kind of stethoscope, doctors can listen to a heart that's beating in an isolated community or up in space. More...

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3M
Aydogan Ozcan

Aydogan Ozcan

You'll find lots of cell phones in the developing world, but not fancy medical equipment. So an electrical engineer wants to diagnose diseases using cell phones linked to computers. More...

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National Geographic
Microscopy on a Cellphone: An Emerging Telemedicine Platform

Microscopy on a Cellphone: An Emerging Telemedicine Platform

Connect a cell phone to a cheap microscope, and you have a powerful medical tool — one that can be used in the world's poorest places. The microscope doesn't even need a lens. More...

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TED
Paging Dr. Robot?

Paging Dr. Robot?

While a doctor sits at home, he is also miles away, examining a patient in a hospital room. Mobile robots and telemedicine have made this possible. More...

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CNBC
School-Based Telemedicine

School-Based Telemedicine

When students get sick at school, particularly in remote areas, telemedicine can speed up their diagnosis and save their parents from having to take time off work. More...

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MY Health-e-Schools
Telehealth Technologies

Telehealth Technologies

You show an unusual mole to your doctor. She snaps a photo. Miles away, a skin specialist examines it. In the future, telemedicine may offer the best health care at the least cost. More...

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Center for Connected Health Policy
The Promise & Limitations of Telemedicine

The Promise & Limitations of Telemedicine

"In the 20th century," says Dr. Ray Dorsey, "we developed antibiotics, which let us cure the incurable. In the 21st century we have telecommunications technology, which lets us reach the unreachable." More...

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NPR

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