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Telemedicine is Unstoppable
HealthLeaders Media

Spawned by the Internet and fueled by consumer interest in self-monitoring and videocasting, telemedicine—a broad term that covers a range of services including virtual visits and remote monitoring—is growing, despite some stubborn obstacles.

In Austin, MN, employees of the local school system can step into a booth at work, shut the door, and consult a doctor via video. Inside, the booth, they can put on blood pressure cuffs and instantaneously send the results to the Mayo Clinic, 40 miles away.

In Ohio, Cleveland Clinic is offering $49 virtual visits to patients who have an Internet connection and a video-enabled device. And University of Iowa Health Care just launched a telemedicine program last month.