New technology makes it easier to visit the doctor

By WEEK Producer

March 17, 2014 Updated Mar 17, 2014 at 10:16 PM CDT

Telemedicine is making it easier to see a doctor, or at least get a doctor's advice, from virtually anywhere.

Steve Cashman founded Healthspot, Inc. The kiosks are stationed around communities that allow patients to see doctors through video connections.

"A lot of times a lot of those resources are trapped in one large facility in a metro area, so extending that off into the community maybe 50, 60 miles into a rural population, that's a very big deal,” said Cashman.

Others are turning to their smartphones, using apps like Health Tap. That doesn't replace an office visit, but gives users basic health information.

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