‘Doctor in a box’ soon to be used in clinical trials

Dr. Ivar Mendez moved to Saskatoon only six months ago, but he’s already met several health professionals across the province just by sitting at his desk.

The University of Saskatchewan’s head of surgery is piloting a project he says will revolutionize health care in northern Saskatchewan.

“This technology is going to take away the barriers of distance and time. It is going to save countless lives,” said Mendez.

‘Doctor in a box,’ as he calls it, connects doctors in centres like Saskatoon or Regina to patients in the province’s most remote locations. The device, developed in California, uses a regular cell phone signal to establish a two-way video link.

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