iRobot’s RP-VITA Healthcare Robot

RP-VITAiRobot has partnered with InTouch Health to create a new healthcare robot called RP-VITA (Remote Presence Virtual + Independent Telemedicine Assistant).

Basically this is a telepresence robot so that doctors can see patients without actually being in the same hospital or facility.

The robot is based on iRobots AVA platform and has the following features.

1. Obstacle Detection Obstacle Avoidance (ODOA) technologies.

2. Real-time access to important clinical data and the ability to add medical devices such as ulrasound.  The RP-VITA comes equipped with an electronic stethoscope.

3. A new, simple to use iPad user interface.

From the video below, it looks like the doctor has 2 images.  One is a live video when talking to the patient and one is a static image when he is maneuvering around the hospital.

iRobot RP-VITA press release

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