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We've all heard of video on demand, well now you can have "Doctor On Demand!".  St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center has a new robot named "Vinnie".  Dr. John Whapham heads up the Robot Program at St. V's.  He says "Today's medicine has the technology to bring the specialist to the patient, rather than the patient to the specialist."  Dr. Whapham says "Vinnie" uses a high definition camera.  This technology allows doctors to zoom into the patient, assess them up close either in the ER or on the scene of an accident, and help the medical personnel at the scene start life saving treatment right away.  The technology literally allows specialists to pick up their I-Pad from any location and treat patients wherever they are.  "The goal of it is to push the care back as close as we can to the time of initial injury" says Whapham, "It is well proven that early identification and staging of the level of illness and severity of the disease is a huge predictor for ultimate outcomes." 

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