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The Doctor Will Skype You Now

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Photo illustration (Alex Kingsbury/WBUR)

Online video-chatting is now commonplace. In fact, the video chat pioneer “Skype” has an estimated 800 million users worldwide. While you may use Skype or Apple’s Face Time for personal or professional video chats, chances are you don’t use it talk with your doctor. But video conferencing, or tele-health, may be the way you’ll soon see your medical professional for a check-up.


Dr Joseph Kvedar, founder and director of the Center for Connected Health at Partners Healthcare.

Carey Goldberg, co-host of WBUR’s CommonHealth blog.

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  • RAStegwee

    There is some concern on the privacy and security of Skype, which may cause trouble. More importantly, professional guidelines need to be taken into account. However, I truly hope that we will be able to replace short and reassuring check-up visits with teleconsultation, saving a lot of time, coffee and waiting room space. This will impact the current trend we see in some countries toward mall-like hospitals with extensive (profitable) hospitality services, so we will have to take action to make this happen.

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