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May 8, 2005 | Ben Dobbin, Associated Press Writer
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.
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.
January 23, 1995 | Times Staff Reports
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 | JUBE SHIVER Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
September 18, 1997 | P.J. Huffstutter
Federal regulators accused MicroWest Industries Inc. of fraud, saying the Irvine-based company raised more than $4.25 million from unsuspecting investors through promises of high returns in a tele-medicine project. The Securities and Exchange Commission, in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Los Angeles, said MicroWest had promised investors their money would be used to make and market computer equipment to transmit medical images, among other things.
February 7, 1999 | KATHLEEN DOHENY
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.
It is often challenging for residents of the rural North Dakota towns of Mohall, Bottineau, Parshall and Velva to make it to big city hospitals for their specialized health-care needs. Long distances, high travel costs and inclement weather can be large roadblocks, particularly for the senior citizens in these communities. But with the help of a Ventura County systems integration firm, the critical diagnoses and treatments that these people require are starting to come more quickly and easily.
April 27, 2003 | Joe Ruff, Associated Press Writer
It takes less than a minute for health assistant Nancy Yount to power up the computer and activate the videoconference. The screen fills with an image of a doctor's office about 90 miles northwest in Norfolk. In the bottom right corner, a smaller box shows Yount in her office at Westside Community Schools, a student at her side cooperating with a demonstration. A nurse enters the picture at the doctor's office.
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