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Should a robot deliver bad news?

Telemedicine is under scrutiny this week after a patient at one of Kaiser Permanente’s Northern California hospitals received news that his condition was untreatable over video conference. An increasing number of hospitals and outpatient clinics are using telemedicine to connect doctors and patients — for reasons ranging from convenience to bringing big city resources to rural areas. But experts say the situation raises question about the appropriate use of the technology and broader issues around end-of-life care.