Friday, March 03, 2006
'Sister Mary' ...
- the robo-doc was announced, already last may, to start making ward rounds at London's St Mary's Hospital ..
she is a teleremoted version of a caretaker robot, running XP with a wireless link and 200+ pound heavy.
".. If a specialist is at a conference in California but their medical opinion is needed for a St Mary's patient or to deliver a lecture to junior doctors the RP6 robot provides an instant and global link at any time of the day or night. ...
Our robots certainly would never replace all doctors on ward rounds, but they are a communication tool which allows a doctor to have direct contact with their patient if they are unable to get to them. ..."
interesting feature: the patient sees the doctor's image on the robots 'face'.