Paging Dr. Robot: Presence robotics comes to medicine

Robots let doctors diagnose from anywhere (hopefully not the golf course)

Lucas Mearian from Computerworld has an awesome article discussing the RP-VITA robot, a 5-ft., 4-inch, 140-pound "telemedicine robot" that can help patients in emergency situations, or when staffing is lower at hospitals and other healthcare centers.

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Based on a collaboration with iRobot and InTouch Health, the RP-VITA can also let doctors be in a remote location while still having patient interactions via the robot (the robot has a video screen for a head so patients can see the doctor, as well as HD cameras for eyes). The company provided some background b-roll video to help pitch the robot:

Remote presence robots have been seen in the corporate workspace, so it's nice to see them expand the idea to other places, especially in healthcare.

[Via Computerworld]

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