Robot 'doctors' and telemedicine in Chicago

Not quite a robot doctor, but getting there.  Neurologist Dr. John Whapham, M.D. performs virtual rounds at Loyola University Medical Center via a mobile robot device with a monitor, camera, stethoscope and inputs for other monitors.  The robot ‘tower’ is fully mobile and controlled by his computer and joystick.  Similarly a pediatric intensivist is interviewed using a more conventional telemedicine setup.  The NBC Chicago segment winds up with helicopter evacuation…and a vague homily about how it can ‘shave thousands of dollars off the cost of providing health care to every corner of the nation.’ Emergency health care accessibility yes, taking off thousands of dollars…this editor [Donna] guesses not.  Robot Doctors: Future of Medicine?

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