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Virtual Medical Checkups on the Rise

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Wilson is part of a growing number of people monitoring their vital signs through "telemedicine," which allows health care providers to perform checkups by video.

The technology can be as basic as the kiosks Wilson uses, which transmit blood pressure and weight readings to a remote facility monitored by a nurse. On more sophisticated devices, live doctors appear on a screen to listen to everything from a patient's heartbeats to lung waves. Some machines let patients aim a camera at injuries so doctors can instruct them how to properly dress a wound.

While the technology shouldn't replace face-to-face consultations, American Medical Association president J. Edward Hill agrees that it can greatly enhance the patient-physician relationship.

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