This doesn’t sound like such a good idea

Another telemedicine story:

In the midst of a frantic week in September filled with auditions and deadlines, New York casting agent Michael Cassara had zero down time. So one day, when he felt a sore throat coming on, Cassara had his doctor beamed into his office.

Cassara didn’t use lasers; he used his laptop. Logging into his account at hellohealth.com, Cassara clicked on the link for video chats and made an appointment, and an hour later, Dr. Sean Khozin popped up on his screen.

Based on how Cassara was feeling and his propensity to get strep throat, Khozin diagnosed a strep infection, “and five minutes later I had a prescription phoned in to a nearby pharmacy,” Cassara says.

And two days later, your immune system eliminated the virus you had.

Call me cynical, but I get quite a bit of inaccurate and inconsistent information when taking a history from a patient.  Often, the physical exam and/or an objective test reveal the genuine diagnosis.  Telemedicine certainly has the potential for wide application, but I’m not rushing to jump on the cybermedicine bandwagon.

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