I dashed back home to Greece recently (yes emphasis on dashed for those who I did not manage to visit and will complain) and took my mother for a cataract “depth measurement” in one of the Thessaloniki’s major general hospitals.
She had an appointment in the early evening and after finding our way in a not so well organized and not so well financed hospital we entered the room of a medical professional operating the relevant device who received us with grace and care.
My mother had to put her chin on the device’s contraption and he adjusted the height of the chair (which was kind of falling apart) with a half empty pack of copier paper.
I had to overcome the fact that there was another patient in the room whose medical history we had heard and as she sat in the room for further exams she could witness our medical exam in return.
The medical professional helped my mother along, explaining to a colleague standing by, that the device is brought by a supplier company once a week for free, else they could not perform these measurements.
As soon as he was satisfied that the device showed his measurement accurately he announced ironically that we were about to witness the Greek version of tele-medicine as he pulled out his iPhone snapped a photo of the measurement send it to the doctor over his own 3G connection and called her up on his own private flat rate to discuss the details.
Technology impacts the way we live and work in the most unexpected of circumstances and yes in mostly good ways.