…imagine a consultation with a doctor who can see you, even look down your throat and get a sense of how you are doing, even print out a prescription for you, but he’s sitting halfway around the world.
The linked article is mostly about general business applications but has obvious denal office application as well. We have become acustomed to using a kiosk to take the place of a person at the bank and the airport. But a kiosk can be frustrating and is undoubtedly impersonal. Combining the convenience of a kiosk with a real person at some remote location seems like a nice blend of high tech and high touch.
As the article suggests we could see special tele-dentistry kiosks that connect with a real dentist that people working in a remote location could use to send radiographs and photos as well as have a face to face conversation for a remote diagnosis.