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"Magic" wand that enables remote medical exams showcased at consumer electronics show"Magic" wand that enables remote medical exams showcased at consumer electronics show

Once touted as the next big thing in healthcare, telemedicine mostly has failed to live up to its potential. Regulatory obstacles are one reason: In many cases, physicians cannot practice in multiple states, for example, and one of the raisons d'être of telemedicine, which encompasses everything from remote consultations via webcams to self-monitoring, is the erasure of spatial and geographic constraints in healthcare. It's also true that practitioners, a conservative bunch, can be reluctant to embrace a technology that would reduce office visits.

Norbert Sparrow

January 4, 2016

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"Magic" wand that enables remote medical exams showcased at consumer electronics show

of telemedicine, which encompasses everything from remote consultations via webcams to self-monitoring, is the erasure of spatial and geographic constraints in healthcare. It's also true that practitioners, a conservative bunch, can be reluctant to embrace a technology that would reduce office visits. The paucity of breakthrough applications that leverage the technology in ways that excite the public imagination has also contributed to the low profile of telemedicine. That may change, however, with the introduction of the MedWand, described as the world's first handheld device that combines several diagnostic tools for use with remotely located medical providers. The product is being demoed at CES 2016, the vast consumer electronics show that invades Las Vegas this week.

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Norbert Sparrow

Editor in chief of PlasticsToday since 2015, Norbert Sparrow has more than 30 years of editorial experience in business-to-business media. He studied journalism at the Centre Universitaire d'Etudes du Journalisme in Strasbourg, France, where he earned a master's degree. Reach him at [email protected].

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