One more story about the continued success of the digital hospital, using Robo Doc to make rounds...and patients are positive as well, it's not much different than using Skype on your home pc, except in health care there's more than just a casual conversation taking place and the technology is making good use of this to benefit everyone. BD
Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Post-surgical patients monitored by physicians via a robot with video had similar complication rates to patients visited by a doctor, a U.S. study reveals.
Dr. Lars M. Ellison, previously with the University of California, Davis, and now at Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockport, Maine, and colleagues conducted a randomized controlled trial involving 270 patients undergoing a urologic procedure requiring a hospital stay of 24 to 72 hours.
Half the patients were randomly assigned to receive either traditional bedside rounds or robotic telerounds daily during their time in the hospital.
"The robot consists of the motor base unit, a central processing unit, a high-definition digital camera, a flat- screen monitor and a microphone," the authors wrote in a statement. "Data to and from the robot is transferred over a high-speed wireless network and is integrated with proprietary software. The physician connects remotely to the robot via a base station."