CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1998 |
Antiseptic lingers in the air. Medical staff escorts you in. But this is not a run-of-the-mill examination room. The doctor examining you is hundreds of miles away, and your only contact is through sophisticated camera equipment, computers, scanners and high-speed data lines.
May 8, 2005 |
Marilyn Gonzalez worried that her 2-year-old was coming down with an ear infection. Rather than miss work for a doctor visit, the 25-year-old single mother of two dropped her daughter off as usual at day care and went to work. Little Jaeda was examined soon afterward by a University of Rochester pediatrician and given antibiotics. Using telemedicine tools wielded by a day-care staffer, the diagnosis was done over the Internet.
November 11, 2000 |
As Joseph Kolodzieski lay unconscious on a Baltimore hospital operating table, the doctor in charge sat more than 700 miles away, directing a remote-controlled robotic arm inside the patient's abdomen. This is 21st century telemedicine, the latest advance in a field that doctors say someday may allow a surgeon on Earth to operate on astronauts in space. Even the earthbound version that took place not long ago seemed out of this world.
September 13, 2012 |
The robot, sitting quietly in a corner, suddenly hums to life and rolls down the hospital corridor on three wheels. Perched atop the sleek machine is a monitor showing the smiling face of Dr. Paul Vespa, the physician who's piloting the rover from miles away. He can pull up to a patient's bedside, ask questions, observe symptoms and even use a stethoscope. "People forget that you're on the robot, and you forget that you're on the robot," says Vespa, a neurocritical care specialist at UCLA who uses the device to consult in other hospitals and check on UCLA patients from home.
January 23, 1995 |
Medicine by Remote: GTE Corp. will sponsor a telemedicine demonstration at its technology center in Westlake Village today from noon to 2 p.m. Doctors from nine sites in four countries will confer in a simultaneous exchange of voice, images and data designed to show how telecommunications technology can be used to deliver quality health care over long distances.
September 19, 1999 |
After mounting major efforts to foster electronic commerce and connect schools and libraries to the Internet, the federal government is falling short on another ambitious cyberspace goal: using the Net to improve rural medical care. A 2-year-old, $400-million federal program aimed at helping the nation's 22,000 rural medical facilities get high-speed Internet access did not award any money last year because of bureaucratic delays.
August 23, 2013 |
Victoria Barzilai opened her mouth wide so the doctor could look at her sore throat. Not exactly a remarkable event, except that Barzilai was at home and the doctor was hundreds of miles away. Feeling too sick to drag herself to the school health center, the third-year UC Davis student had opted for a cyber-doctor visit, the 21st century version of a house call. A number of websites offer face-to-face consultations of the virtual kind to anyone with a credit card and access to a webcam-equipped computer.
February 7, 1999 |
Soon after the woman had disembarked from the cruise ship for a day of sightseeing in Naples, she got hit by a bus. It could have been worse; her arm was fractured. The Italian doctor who treated her applied a cast that encased not only the woman's arm but much of her torso. By the time she returned to the ship, the cumbersome cast was making her think she would have to fly home. But the ship's physician had another idea.