We've heard about their potential for getting frisky in the bedroom. We've also seen how consoling they can be to someone on their deathbed. Now robots are set to conquer a new kind of bed - a hospital bed.
InTouch Health and iRobot are set to unveil their new medical robot called RP-VITA, or Remote Presence Virtual + Independent Telemedicine Assistant if you're not into the whole brevity thing.
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RP-VITA will be be cloud-connected, linked to your entire medical record and have special ports for plugging in diagnostic devices such as otoscopes and ultrasound. Plus, it will be potentially capable of autonomous navigation if its FDA patent is accepted. The robot is also equipped with the latest electronic stethoscope, a video screen and is controlled with an iPad.
"The RP-VITA is a game changer for acute care telemedicine, and it will become the cornerstone for many new clinical applications and uses. The RP-VITA is a platform that will immediately improve existing healthcare delivery models, and through additional collaboration and development will create new clinical innovations that we can only imagine," InTouch Health's Chairman and CEO, Dr. Yulun Wang said in a press release.
As many hospitals struggle with the pressure of reducing operating expenses without compromising provided care, RP-VITA is expected to extend the reach and effectiveness of health care professionals.
HOWSTUFFWORKS: How Robots Work "The RP-VITA raises the bar for overseeing patient care remotely and allows me to proactively control a situation as if I were there," said Dr. Jason Knight, Director of the Children's Hospital of Orange County Transport Program and Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California, Irvine. "The robot is so easy to use that I can forget about the technology and just focus on the clinical needs at hand.
The robot will make its debut July 26 to 28 at the InTouch Health 7th Annual Clinical Innovations Forum in Santa Barbara, CA.