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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.
September 13, 2012 | By Amber Dance, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
August 17, 1999 | BARBARA MURPHY
View Tech in Camarillo has been awarded a contract, with a potential value of $24 million, to provide videoconferencing products and services to all state government agencies and departments. The agreement starts with a three-year contract and allows for two one-year extensions. View Tech's services will include business teleconferencing, distance learning, video over the Internet, telemedicine and products for the judicial and corrections systems.
November 9, 1999 | BARBARA MURPHY
Blue Cross of California, the California subsidiary of WellPoint Health Networks in Thousand Oaks, has received a significant grant and two awards for its care for rural and low-income patients. The grant was for $1.2 million from the Healthy Families Program of the California Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board to implement a variety of rural community health programs. Blue Cross received funding for 13 of 16 proposals it submitted to the board.
May 21, 1998 | Stephen Gregory
CompuMed Inc., a provider of online interpretation of electrocardiograms, said its losses narrowed in its fiscal second quarter as it trimmed operating costs. The Manhattan Beach-based company lost $414,000, or 12 cents a share, compared with a loss of $636,000, or 7 cents, a year earlier. CompuMed cut staff from 34 to 24 and dropped unprofitable services, said President James Linesch. "We're just running a very lean operation now," he said.
February 22, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times
Could Watson, the IBM computer that trounced two top-notch "Jeopardy!" players on the TV quiz show, become a fixture in the doctor's office? Maybe, but not likely next week. A Baltimore Sun story says Watson creator IBM and experts at the University of Maryland's School of Medicine are looking at ways to merge the computer's current "speech" skills with medical knowledge. "In the future, I see the software sitting with the physician as he is interviewing the patient, and processing information in real time, and correlating that with the patient's medical record and other records," Dr. Eliot Siegel, director of the Maryland Imaging Research Technologies Lab at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, told the paper.
October 27, 2007 | From Reuters
The Senate has approved legislation extending for seven years a moratorium on state Internet access taxes. With only days left before the Internet tax ban was set to expire, the Senate reached a compromise between lawmakers who proposed a shorter extension and those who insisted it should be made permanent. "By keeping the Internet tax-free and affordable, Congress can encourage Internet use for distance learning, telemedicine, commerce and other important services," said Sen.
August 1, 1997 | KIMBERLY BROWER
Airline passengers suffering in-flight medical emergencies may soon be just a phone call away from immediate help because of a revolutionary new technology tested Thursday at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center. In a first-ever simulation, vital signs and photographic images from an American Airlines passenger on a flight from Los Angeles to Chicago were transmitted instantaneously by phone line to emergency-room doctors in Laguna Hills.
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