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Healthcare at the speed of light

IEC E-Tech Online News (Internet) 07/03/06http://www.iec.ch/online_news/etech/arch_2006/etech_0706/focus.htm The telemedicine rooms at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston don’t look like your typical doctor’s office. You won’t see examination tables or any tools of the trade. The only place you’ll see the patient – who could be blocks away, or living on another continent – is projected on one of two 42-inch plasma television screens, which broadcast live bi-directional sounds and images of this doctor-patient encounter. The doctor sits at a desk filled with computers, a monitor, and just enough electronics to make the room look like part of Mission Control at NASA. “The important thing is we don’t try to do everything by telemedicine. We try to take care of those things that would normally happen in a doctor’s office, not necessarily those things that happen inside a hospital. The ability to take that out and make it so that folks get more frequent care, preventing things from getting more serious than necessary is an important appeal,” says Dr. Glenn Hammack, O.D., M.S.H.I., assistant vice president and executive director of UTMB’s program.



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