By Jenny Wilson
Posting in Science
On Tuesday, InTouch Health and iRobot unveiled a new telemedicine robot to help doctors connect with and help patients.
On Tuesday, InTouch Health and iRobot unveiled a new telemedicine robot to help doctors connect with and treat patients. Named RP-VITA, which stands for Remote Presence Virtual + Independent Telemedicine Assistant, this robot will enable doctors to check up on patients remotely.
It has cameras, microphones, 3-D mapping sensors, and a stethoscope. A video screen allows doctors to chat with patients as if they were having a Skype conversation. The robot can transmit and receive video, audio, and navigation directions. In addition to coming with a stethoscope, RP-VITA can take measurements by connecting to other devices like otoscopes and ultrasound.
Back in January, iRobot (a robotics manufacturer) invested $6 million in InTouch Health, a leader in the field of telemedicine, as an extension of a partnership that dates back to 2011 and allowed them to introduce iRobot Ava as well. RP-VITA reflects a move towards more thorough, effective, and timely care. According to InTouch chief executive Yulun Wang, “telemedicine is about getting the right expertise to the right place at the right time.If a patient has a stroke and comes into the emergency room, you better get a stroke neurologist there quickly." RP-VITA allows doctors to do just that.
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Jul 24, 2012
I am both an engineer and an MBA. The engineer in me says build a telepresence robot because its just about the easiest robot one can build. Build it because you can. But the MBA in me asks why? What advantage does this product offer that can't be accomplished with a webcam and computer screen? I don't see the point.
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