Medical Assistant Robot May Roam The Halls Of Hospitals

Chinese researchers have started working on a robot that could perform common hospital tasks during virus outbreaks.

The machine consists of a robotic arm on wheels that can perform ultrasounds, take mouth swabs and listen to sounds made by a patient's organs, usually done with a stethoscope.

Such tasks are normally carried out by doctors in person. But with this robot, which is fitted with cameras, medical personnel do not need to be in the same room as the patient, and could even be in a different city.

The idea came to Zheng around the turn of the Lunar New Year...

Gathering a team, Zheng set to work converting two mechanized robotic arms with the same technology used on space stations and lunar explorers. The robots were almost entirely automated, and could even disinfect themselves after performing actions involving contact, Zheng said.

Of course, this is not an original idea. In fact, there have been various efforts at this kind of telemedicine robot.

For example, the PowerBot Robot Nurse From Saskatoon! which also has a flexible robot arm.

And don't forget the InTouch Companion: Medical Rounding Robot, which uses medical telepresence technology; as far as I know, these can be leased today.

If you're uncomfortable with the thought of untutored robots in your patient room, you'll be glad to know that the iFlytek Doctor Robot Is The First To Pass Medical Exams.

Via NYTimes.

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