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Telemedicine robots let doctors ‘beam’ into hospitals to evaluate patients

telebotWashington Post:

Remote presence robots are allowing physicians to “beam” themselves into hospitals to diagnose patients and offer medical advice during emergencies.

A growing number of hospitals in California and other states are using telepresence robots to expand access to medical specialists, especially in rural areas where there’s a shortage of doctors.

via Telemedicine robots let doctors ‘beam’ into hospitals to evaluate patients, expanding access – The Washington Post.

Obviously we could do the same with dentists. It seems to me this idea would be useful for diagnostics and minor treatment or medication that the physician could prescribe. However dentists are not just diagnosticians we are also surgeons. The actual preparation of the tooth will still need a skilled hand, at least for now.

Plus the skills of diagnosis lend themselves well to expert systems and artificial intelligence. The tele-doctor of the future may soon be a computer system not a person.

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