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The Daily Dose – Doctoring from afar

Today’s dose shows how your next checkup could be conducted from the comfort of your iPhone.

We’ve covered the pros and cons of telemedicine before. Diagnosing and treating patients remotely through the use of audiovisual technology is already being implemented in several U.S. prisons, but it remains to be seen whether virtual consultation is an adequate substitute for the real thing. The Mayo Clinic has a video showing the ways they’re implementing telemedicine for patients at rural hospitals:


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