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Imagine this: you're eating dinner with your family and suddenly your left arm feels numb. Your speech is slurred. It could be a stroke, so you've got to get to the hospital fast. But what if your hospital doesn't have a stroke specialist or what if that doctor is out of town? The answer may be telemedicine. Doctors at Mayo Clinic are using a telemedicine robot that allows them to be face to face with patients who are miles away.
Many Americans dream of a life in the country. A slower pace, fresh air, room to roam. But living in a rural area may come with a trade-off. Healthcare. Rural hospitals just don't have as many resources as urban hospitals do. And that can be a problem when you have a health event such as a stroke. Doctors at Mayo Clinic are using telemedicine — smart phones and the internet — to bring medical expertise to doctors and patients in the country and around the globe.