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Old 18th November 2019, 11:40 AM   #267
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A picture of health care in the U.S. today: Your ER doc might be 1,000 miles away.
As hospitals and physicians continue to disappear from rural America at record rates, here is the latest attempt to fill a widening void: a telemedicine center that provides remote emergency care for 179 hospitals across 30 states. Physicians for Avera eCare work out of high-tech cubicles instead of exam rooms. They wear scrubs to look the part of traditional doctors on camera, even though they never directly see or touch their patients. They respond to more than 15,000 emergencies each year by using remote-controlled cameras and computer screens at what has become rural Americaís busiest emergency room, which is in fact a virtual ER located in a suburban industrial park.
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