America’s hard-to-please Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has given the green light to an autonomous telemedicine robot called RP-VITA, created in a joint project by iRobot and InTouch Health. The robot is already making its rounds of hospital corridors in the US and elsewhere, allowing doctors and other medical staff to remotely interact with their patients.
The robot’s compelling features include an enhanced navigation capability that enables it to better manage driving and navigation elements so the health care professional can put more focus on patient care tasks; and state-of-the-art mapping and obstacle avoidance technologies that allow safe, fast and highly flexible navigation in a clinical environment.
Catch the RP-VITA telemedicine robot in action…
Read more about RP-VITA, as well as how robot doctors are stepping up their game, in PM’s May 2013 issue – on sale 22 April.