The effort, loosely called e-Health or e-Care, combines health-care technology with 21st-century Internet connectivity. It will allow doctors to interact with their patients through innovations such as video chats, telephone health checkups, and home-health monitoring devices that relay data over wireless Internet connections.
In a rare show of bipartisanship, a member of the other party also revealed she has no brain.
"The development of the broadband network and health information technologies has the potential to truly transform health care and simultaneously enable better outcomes and lowering costs," said Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).
Yes friends, web cams and Skype are going to revolutionize medicine because doctors can tell what's wrong with you just by talking on the phone. The same as HP can diagnose your computer over the phone.
I hear doctors can be hired pretty cheap in India, kinda like A++ certified computer techs. I'm sure Indians doctors are going to line up in their thousands to take web calls from whining Americans 8-12 hours a day. Sure.
This is my favorite bit though:
One of the new health technologies on display last Thursday was an automatic drug dispenser that can monitor and adjust medication dosages wirelessly, allowing doctors to tailor dosages of drugs such as insulin without having to schedule in-person visits with patients.Nobody is EVER going to hack that eh? No sir! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAA!!!!!
"What we're talking about, folks, is using a device like this one," Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said, as he displayed the small device. "It attaches to the patient's skin and is loaded with drugs that are administered in the exact way that the doctor prescribes – wirelessly.
"That means that a doctor can vary the doses based on the information the doctor is receiving [from the monitor]. The patient doesn't have to go in to the doctor and then the pharmacy to change his or her prescription," he said.