The future is here. Doctors can see, hear, and treat patients from miles away via a robot that is able to navigate itself through a busy hospital.
The partnership, between InTouch Health and iRobot, is already being used in seven medical centers in the U.S.
The RP-VITA allows physicians to use an iPad or laptop to send it to a patient's bedside. Doctors can then make critical decisions in emergency situations while interacting with hospital staff, the patient and their family and friends.
It's the first FDA-cleared Telemedicine robot that combines auto-drive technology and state-of-the-art telecommunications.
"I think there's a lot of people who can't access needed care because there's a lack of specialists and people who can really drive the right decisions," said Dr. Alan Shatzel, Medical Director of Mercy Neurological Institute of Greater Sacramento.
"We're trying to get the right expertise…to the right place, at the right time, to do the right thing and if you can do that correctly, you can actually improve quality and do so for everybody and you can lower cost," said Yulun Wang PH.D Chairman and CEO of InTouch Health.
The RP-VITAs were on display at the Convention Center as part of this year's American Telemedicine Association meeting.