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Thursday, March 11, 2010 - 11:13am

Lawmakers Get a Look at Telemedicine

Updated: 4 years ago.
House Speaker David Ralston gets a quick exam via telemedicine. (photo by Susanna Capelouto)

Lawmakers today got a taste of telemedicine in Georgia.

Each legislative day the Medical Association of Georgia sponsors a doctor of a day at the capitol. Today she came via computer.

House Speaker David Ralston received a quick demonstration and praised the system of 116 telemedicine stations around the state.

"I'm very excited about what this means for the future of health care in rural Georgia. As a son of rural Georgia I have made a priority of availability and quality of healthcare of all Georgians regardless of where they live."

Last year 18,000 consults were carried out in Georgia using telemedicine.

Georgia's prison system make heavy use of the technology. Officials say it saves the department over 30 percent in medical costs.

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