Dec 5, 2012

RP-VITA, Dr. Roboto - Remote Control Telepresence Healthcare

Intouch Health, a company founded in 2002, provides remote presence solutions for health care, in the form of robots.

The latest robot developed by Intouch Health is RP Vita. It has environmental awareness that allows it to move around a hospital without bumping into people or things. The doctor controls the robot through the use of an iPad by pointing to where it should go. The patient sees the doctor's head displayed on a screen perched on the top of the robot, as depicted in the picture below:


















It sounds a bit strange, but these robots are in many hospitals, and are useful in rural areas where there are few medical specialists.  

The presentation below explains the key points of the use of tele-robotics in medicine:

RP-VITA: A Glimpse at the Future of Healthcare Delivered Today: WIRED Health Conference, 10/16/12
Yulun Wang: Meet Dr. Roboto, Your New Bedside Caregiver from WIRED on FORA.tv
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