But a major advantage to the St. Joseph's approach, Valente said, is that the judge can actually see the victim and make a more informed decision, without additional intervention by police. And while it may seem like St. Joseph's isn't making a much headway if you just look at the raw numbers, Valente said it's an important step forward.
"If other jurisdictions see it, they're going to want to roll it out," she said.
In the meanwhile, Valente urged technology companies to engage with local health workers and get them up to speed on similar technologies that can save lives. St. Joseph's and the hospitals it's working with to deliver TROs via telepresence could well point the way to a new model for the whole country.
"I'm very proud that we have the technology to help these patients," Tsui-Wu said.
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