"It made a great impression on me at the computer technology conference I attended this winter in California," Hundt recently told a National Library of Medicine gathering in Washington. "Conference participants were invited to strap themselves in for medical exams from [doctors] 3,000 miles away. . . . One hundred apparently healthy people volunteered. The unexpected result was that of those 100, 15 were found to have serious previously undiagnosed medical problems, including diabetes, hypertension and an eye tumor."
Indeed, telemedicine is producing real benefits, experts say, even in the most difficult of environments.
In a study involving private, military and Native American health-care facilities in Alaska, the University of Alaska at Anchorage is using a network of 9.6 kilobyte-per-second modems to facilitate remote patient diagnosis and transfer radiology images among health-care facilities.