Medical Robotics

The Droid Will See You Now

Posted 3 Mar 2006 at 15:05 UTC by Rog-a-matic Share This

Robots are making the rounds at St. Mary's Hospital in London. Running XP with a wireless link, the 200+ pound machine lets the doctor visit with patients via remote control. I suppose this could limit exposure in a world of infectious diseases. That is, until machine-human transmission occurs .....

code blue code blue.., posted 3 Mar 2006 at 15:22 UTC by slap.fish » (Journeyer)

sounds like another good application of remote presence - I think the medical and surgical fields have the greatest potential for this sort of technology, and will lead the way before more mainstream uses appear.

not sure how a technophobic elderly patient may react though!

Links..., posted 3 Mar 2006 at 16:07 UTC by steve » (Master)

I think Rog-a-matic forgot the links for that one. ;) Silicon news and CNET both covered this story recently. St. Mary's Hospital issued a press release on this last year. The robot is an RP-7 telepresence unit sold by InTouch Health. We posted a story on a previous InTouch Health robot back in 2003.

IANASN, posted 3 Mar 2006 at 16:13 UTC by dogsbody_d » (Master)

I'm guessing that the headline should have been
"The Droid Will See You Now"
"The Dryad Wll See You Now"

...but was this the pun you wanted???
"The Dr(oid) Will See You Now"

Dr Oid has a virus, posted 4 Mar 2006 at 06:30 UTC by horar » (Journeyer)

Would you trust your health care to something that ran on proprietary software from Microsoft?

That would be like entrusting all your personal and business data to a computer with an operating system which was chronically plagued by security and reliability issues, not to mention extortionate licencing fees. Oh wait...

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