The future of telemedicine

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Guests: Ateev Mehrotra and Carrie Kovarik

Next time you get a sore throat or a strange rash, instead of calling for a doctor’s appointment, schlepping to the office and enduring the long wait, how about a virtual check-up? More Americans are getting medical consults online, video chatting with health care providers through their smartphones, tablets, or computers. Proponents say telemedicine can save a lot of money, make medicine more convenient, and increase access. But are their downsides to virtual diagnoses? This hour, we examine cybermedicine, the pros and cons with CARRIE KOVARIK, assistant professor of dermatology and medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and ATEEV MEHROTRA, associate professor at the Harvard Medical School.

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