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New telemedicine tech maintains patient privacy

Telemedicine -- when patients visit doctors over video chat -- is becoming more popular. But there are challenges for the tech providers in keeping patient information confidential. CNET's Kara Tsuboi profiles one Silicon Valley firm that's working to keep things private.

By March 21, 2013


iRobot may send its Ava 'bot to medical school

iRobot invests $6 million in InTouch Health to test its robots, including Ava, for use in telemedicine and assisted care at healthcare facilities.

By January 31, 2012


Are the stars aligning for telemedicine's succcess?

The U.S. healthcare system is in so much trouble, that the economics may finally be compelling enough to make telemedicine a reality in this country.

By July 20, 2009


Telemedicine slashes hospital stays

Letting patients do tasks such as measuring their pulse from home reduces days in the hospital, British study shows.

By January 11, 2006


Don't bet your life on telemedicine

A News.com reader says that if any doctors think cheap consumer-grade bandwidth is a necessary component of their health care system, he doesn't want to fall into their clutches.

April 15, 2002


Ushering in "telemedicine"

Dr. David Charles says the creation of more high-speed data capacity will help millions of people realize breakthrough benefits from this confluence of technology and medicine.

April 11, 2002


FDA clears surgical robot

Computer Motion, a maker of high-tech medical devices, said Monday that it has received regulatory clearance from the Food and Drug Administration for the clinical use of its Socrates Robotic Telecollaboration System. In reviewing Socrates, the company said, the FDA created a new classification of medical devices called "Robotic Telemedicine Devices." Santa Barbara, Calif.-based Computer Motion expects that Socrates will help create new ways to train surgeons. Socrates is designed to allow an off-site surgeon to connect to an operating room, share video and audio, annotate surgical instructions and control endoscopic camera positioners. Surgeons can then share diagnostic and treatment recommendations.

By October 8, 2001


Bill backs telemedicine

A Medicare reform bill would provide benefits for telemedicine providers and Net access for doctors in rural areas.

By March 7, 1997


Doctors collaborate online

UCSF Stanford Health Care swaps ideas in the first live Net telemedicine conference with China's Xian Medical University.

By June 26, 1998


Short Take: Sneak peek of Internet2

On Wednesday, the public can get its first look at Internet2, an effort to create advanced online applications and band together more than 100 universities over a reliable high-speed network. Demonstrations of telemedicine, digital libraries, data mining, and virtual laboratories will be given by the University Corporation for Advanced Internet Development and the National Science Foundation at the Capitol Hill Hyatt Regency in Washington.

October 6, 1997