St Marys NHS Trust and Imperial College London are piloting a scheme where medical robots will cover ward rounds.
Remote Presence (RP6) Robots allow a medical expert to visually examine and communicate with a patient from anywhere in the world, via the machine, using wireless technology. The robots (nicknamed by staff Sister Mary and Dr Robbie) can also be used for surgical teaching and even videoconferencing.
The robots are controlled with a joystick from a remote site. The doctor driving the robot can view the patient, ask questions and read patient records, view X-rays and test results from the console. The patient sees the doctors image on the robots face. Although the robot does not physically examine the patient it allows face-to-face contact between the doctor and patient, providing immediate access to specialists.
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