The Rundown’s About-Face?

A long-time reader calls out The Rundown:

“What an about-face!” he says. “I seem to remember when The Rundown wanted to sue a doctor in a hospital for everything he had and force him out of the profession because he had a robot [doctor] speak to a patient in order to provide the exact same service as Teladoc.”

To give you some context, Wednesday we told you about Teladoc Health, a leader in the telemedicine space (incidentally, TDOC shares are up another 3% at the time of writing).

And our reader has a keen memory…

We mentioned the “robodoc” incident that happened in California back in Mar. 2019; a patient was told — via a doctor on a tablet screen — that he was going to die. The family called it a “tele-medicine fail.”

A couple things: The patient was actually in a hospital’s ER when he got the news. Also, robo-doctor’s bedside manner was atrocious, telling the patient, “I don’t think you’ll even make it home.” That’s just cold.

Back to Teladoc….

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Your Rundown for Friday, Mar. 20, 2020

When Robots Attack…

We think Teladoc might be a useful replacement for the ER or urgent care center for everyday maladies that a general practitioner would handle — not for life-or-death emergency situations that should be handled by an in-person doctor. In a hospital setting.

(Not to mention telemedicine might help reduce the burden on hospitals in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. And help prevent the spread of the virus too.)

Second, The Rundown never weighed in on whether or not the robo-doctor in question should be sued; no, that was an attorney — and Rundown reader — who wrote that the family had a case for a lawsuit.

Next, responding to a Canadian reader’s take on socialized medicine, a (presumably) American reader says:

“The United States leads the world in medical innovation precisely because we don’t have socialized medicine. Canadians and the world benefit greatly from our expensive medical system… at no expense to them.”

More on the Canadian healthcare system — from another Canadian — on Monday. Be sure to check back…

Market Rundown for Friday, Mar. 20, 2020

S&P 500 is down 11 points to 2,398.

Oil’s down 2% to 23.07 for a barrel of WTI.

Gold’s added $13.30 to its price of $1,492.60 per ounce.

Bitcoin is up 6% to $6,592.17.

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Take care, and we’ll talk Monday.

For the Rundown,

Aaron Gentzler

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Aaron Gentzler is the publisher of Seven Figure Publishing. He is also the editor of The Rundown and has been with Agora Financial / Seven Figure Publishing since 2005. He's been covering technology and markets for over a decade.

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