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10/20/04

The Robo-Doc

The newest trend in medical technology is a five foot tall robot, already a valued hospital employee at 15 centers across the country. Robo-Doc uses a computer screen for a head and real time video cameras for eyes and ears so doctors and patients can communicate with each other from different locations. "Make good medical decisions faster for better patient care and expedite their care as well," says Samer Salka, M.D., a Cardiologist.

Each robot uses wireless broadband technology and the internet so the doctor can use a computer at work, home, or even wile traveling to check on his patients and get immediate updates on important tests like x-rays or EKG's. As a safety mechanism, Robo-Doc wears 24 infrared sensors to help prevent it from bumping into people and walls as it makes its hospital rounds.

So far, the only center in Texas using the Robo-Doc is the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

For more information on the Robo-Doc, you can ( click here ).

Here are the other sites where the robot is in use:

  • UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento
  • Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo, California
  • Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, Norfolk, Virginia
  • UCLA
  • Johns Hopkins, Baltimore
  • Hackensack University Medical Center, New Jersey
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