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Pa. docs use web to help tiny patients thousands of miles away

Dr. Ricardo Munoz goes from room to room, examining three infants, one just three days old.

He watches their chests to see how they are breathing, checks their vital signs flashing on monitors above their hospital beds and views x-rays and electrocardiograms.

And he does it all from more than 2,500 miles away.

Wearing a headset and looking at his laptop screen, the chief of cardiac intensive care at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh checks on pediatric heart patients weekly at Fundacion Valle el Lili, a hospital in Cali, Colombia. The pilot program started earlier this year as a way to share the expertise of rare pediatric specialists with hospitals all over the world.

"Basically, this is globalization of medicine," Munoz said. "I don't need to travel. Via telemedicine, everything is possible."

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