Telemedicine on ‘House’

Like most TV medical dramas, paper charts, handwritten prescriptions (usually for Vicodin) and lots of trial-and-error have been hallmarks of “House MD” since Day 1. Sure, there’s always a lot of advanced diagnostic equipment, but this week I finally find myself compelled to blog about one particular episode of one of my favorite shows.

A special episode airing Sunday night right after the Super Bowl (approximately 10 pm EST) features what looks to be some really cool, high-definition telemedicine. Specifically, House has to treat a researcher at the South Pole, played by Mira Sorvino. Go here and click “Watch Video” for three clips.

Now if only someone could convince Dr. House to try clinical decision support. Then again, the show wouldn’t be nearly as entertaining.