Is video the next best thing to being there? The answer is “yes” as far as patients at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan are concerned. Doctors are testing out “telerounding” using facetime with Ipads. “I can check how the patient is breathing, responding, and I can look at their incisions. I can actually use the iPad to examine them,” said Dr. Rogers. “I still have a team onsite. I still have nurses, and a fellow, and residents that are here. It definitely helps that I can be more of a part of the process.”
Facetime is a video call program, similar to Skype, developed by Apple. The chats are encrypted for security and privacy.