I've always told people that Telehealth started a long time ago and that unexpected pilot projects were undertaken long before anyone would expect. One of my favorite stories is about the surgeon in New York City who removed the gall bladder from a patient in Paris, France, using closed circuit television and a device that replicated his hand movements. With today's surgical robots, that wouldn't be so hard to believe, perhaps, except that this proof-of-concept operation was carried out in the 1960s.
My former colleague, Rex Gantenbein, did a sabbatical at NASA, which got him interested in Telemedicine. After all, it's hard to get a doctor to do a house call when the patient is in space. So NASA had to take several steps forward in delivering health care at a distance. They haven't stopped. I just came across an article from the BBC that tells about NASA's new project for Telehealth, a robot doctor who might even end up doing surgery in deep space. Take a look at the article, and tell me how you'd respond to an android approaching you with a scalpel. To read more click here
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