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Two newsworthy examples of healthcare robots

December 19, 2011

Children’s Hospital Boston sends Vgo telepresence robots home with post-op patients in a pilot program that includes the robots into its regular post-op care program. Doctors and nurses now have a direct line of communication and observation between themselves, the patients and their family as they recover at home. Vgo telepresence visits take 10-15 minutes with no commute time and, most importantly, appointments can occur every three days instead of waiting six weeks for a post surgical visit.
In Auckland, NZ, the University of Auckland and four Korean and Japanese robot vendors, have placed 31 robots into a retirement village to help older people be more independent, and more socially interactive. The robots will serve as friend, guide, provide comfort, tutor residents in brain stimulating activities, and provide waiter services.The robots will also do simple tasks giving staff more time to spend with the residents.

Frank Tobe
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Frank Tobe is the owner and publisher of The Robot Report, and is also a panel member for Robohub's Robotics by Invitation series.

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