Re: How widespread?
Everytime I read a piece about the life-saving capabilities of telemedicine, I think back to the late '90s when I interviewed Dave Dorman, then CEO of then Pacific Bell, talking about how within a few years, the Information Superhighway would provide every rural resident the same care they could get from the finest doctor at the finest urban hospital.
Didn't happen, did it? The problem isn't the technology. It's been available for over a decade. The problem is people -- doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies can't get out of their very comfortable and lucrative models.
Local hospitals, clinics, and doctors just aren't about to give up the local business -- not on your life.