‘Virtual doctor’ makes day care calls

Color me skeptical:  CNN.com – ‘Virtual doctor’ makes day care calls – May 5, 2005.

Little Jaeda was examined soon afterward by a University of Rochester pediatrician and given antibiotics. Using telemedicine tools wielded by a day care staffer, the diagnosis was done through the Internet.

This would make for interesting questions, and I think telemedicine is great for some things, but diagnosing ear infections and dispensing antibiotics isn’t it, at least not in any kind of suburbanized, or better, area.  This is no better, and probably as bad, as just picking up some Amoxicillin at the grocery store on the way to daycare.

Medicine is a one-on-one thing, up close and very personal.  Accept no substitutes.