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Not just for NASA: Doctors blast off into world of telemedicine

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) took one small step toward introducing telemedicine to the healthcare community in the 1960s, issuing suits specially equipped to monitor astronauts' biomedical responses while in space. The technology also provided the space travelers access to medical care thousands of miles away. Using similar telecommunications and IT, today's physicians have the opportunity to take a giant leap toward changing the way healthcare is delivered in the United States. No summer at Space Camp required.

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