A recent article found at, http://biz.yahoo.com/special/hospital05_article2.html, expounds on the idea and actual implementation of robot doctors. A wireless Web link allows the doctor to fire up the robot from anywhere, using a laptop and a joystick to drive it through the hospital.
Does this not sound a little bizarre or even worth ones time of going to the hospital only to see the Doctors face on the screen of a robot? Would it be worth the cost you pay to not have human interaction? According to numerous people who have had experience with the new innovation, before they see it, they're resistant to the idea, but once they see that it's just like communicating with a real person, their opinion changes radically.
Will this change the way our healthcare operates as we now know it? It may save some time and allow the doctors to be more than one place at a time, but is this worth the benefit that is lost from communicating personally-human face to human face?