Last week we brought you news of data transmission through the body; this week it's virtual doctors. The Olivetti Telemedical Workstation lets patients with specific medical problems consult with specialists from the comfort of their local GP's practice, saving them having to travel miles to centres such as London. The system is based on Olivetti's Personal Communications Computer multimedia video conferencing system and includes specially-developed remote diagnosis applications. It is already proving a winner, with 98.5% of patients taking part in a piliot at the University of Aberystwyth saying they would take a video conference consultation again. The days of remote surgery with the patient on one side of the world and the doctor on the other, may not be far away.
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