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Putting Telemedicine Behind Bars

Dr. Vinh Pham treats dozens of patients from New York City's Rikers Island jail complex with hepatitis C and other infectious diseases. He knows their frustration with the process of accessing specialist care—and its quality.Inmates can spend six to eight hours shackled in holding pens and sitting...

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Oct 3, 2016

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Emily S

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Video Chat? In Rural Areas Combating Drug Addiction, A New Way To Connect With Help

An older, unemployed man with chronic back pain recently visited Dr. Robert Devereaux, a family physician in this Southwest corner of Virginia.  Devereaux recalled that months earlier, during a routine exam, he found crushed fragments of painkiller pills inside the patient’s nose. Though he refused...

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Jul 25, 2016

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Emily S

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The Photo App Where Doctors Share Patients' Weird Injuries

Unless you've made the well-tempered decision to appear on Botched, you assume what goes on between you and your doctor doesn't leave the examination room… right? Turns out, random people might be getting an up-close look at your embarrassing rashes and suspect moles, thanks to a free app called ...

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Office Chatter: Your Doctor Will See You In This Telemedicine Kiosk

On the day abdominal pain and nausea struck Jessica Christianson at the office, she discovered how far telemedicine has come.  Rushing to a large kiosk in the lobby of the Palm Beach County School District’s administrative building where she works, Christianson, 29, consulted a nurse practitioner...

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Jun 20, 2016

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Emily S

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Is your child’s pediatrician better than a smartphone? No? Get a new pediatrician.

There’s no doubt that technology is changing the face of medicine. Today, surgeons can perform minimally invasive procedures with the assistance of a robot or replace missing limbs with bionic ones. Radiologists can read imaging studies from halfway around the world. There are specialists providing...

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You Mean I Don’t Have to Show Up? The Promise of Telemedicine

Aside from whatever a visit to the doctor costs you in money, it also costs you in time. A lot of it. End to end, the travel and waiting time for a doctor's appointment can take several hours — often disrupting work or school. Only 17 percent of it — 20 minutes, on average — is spent actually...

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Jan 18, 2016

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Maggie

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Using Phones to Connect Children to Health Care

I remember the first time one of my children texted me a photo of a skin lesion. It was not a photo of my own child’s skin, but that of a college roommate’s, and the message was something like: “Hi, Mom, is this anything to worry about?”

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Investors bet big on apps that promise to improve health — and cut costs

A surge in venture funding for startups working on health apps has sparked a flurry of interest in smartphone tools that help doctors diagnose, monitor, and treat patients from afar.  Venture funding for the industry held steady last year at $4.3 billion, matching the record-breaking investment...

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Startups Vie to Build an Uber for Health Care

Darren Gold had a stomach virus the first time he used an app called Heal to summon a doctor to his Beverly Hills home. He liked the Stanford-trained doctor who showed up so much that he called Heal again when his 2-year-old son had a fever, and again when the whole family had colds.

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Jul 31, 2015

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Emily S

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Medicare Slow To Adopt Telemedicine Due To Cost Concerns

Donna Miles didn’t feel like getting dressed and driving to her physician’s office or to a retailer’s health clinic near her Cincinnati home.  For several days, she had thought she had thrush, a mouth infection that made her tongue sore and discolored with raised white spots. When Miles, 68, awoke...

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