By Kristin Beerman | email
Edited by Jon Bush | email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Patients checking in at an office linked to Baylor Medical Center in Dallas may be surprised to hear, "The robot will see you now." A robot named BESSY is the newest member of the Baylor medical team. All it takes is the click of a mouse and the assistance of a joystick and BESSY is helping physicians at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas to see patients 30-miles away at satellite doctors offices.
Dr. Stephanie Wolley, said, "I'm able to drive around the ICU and in the patient's rooms as needed. I will be making rounds with the nurses and doctors as they see their patients in the ICU."
B.E.S.S.Y. stands for Baylor's Extra Specialist Seeing You. It's the latest in robotic telemedicine. The high-tech machine provides highly specialized ICU doctors the ability to offer consultation and treatment to patients in Waxahachie without leaving their home base.
"More importantly, if they have a patient who develops a problem, they can call us and say, 'Listen we're having a problem with this patient, can you please come help us?' We can, in a matter of minutes, be on the robot taking it into the patient's room. We are able to look at the patient, interact with them, and actually even examine the patient through the robot," Dr. Wooley said.
Baylor Medical Center in Dallas is one of 250 hospitals nationwide using a robot like BESSY to help patients long distance.
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