Is this the new face of health­care?

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A ro­bot doc­tor that could rev­o­lu­tionise health­care was the talk of an in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence in Dubai yes­ter­day.

The iRobot roamed the ex­hi­bi­tion halls of the Build­ing Health­care Mid­dle East Ex­hi­bi­tion in the World Trade Cen­tre (DWTC).

The ma­chine al­lows doc­tors to con­nect with patients re­motely and is equipped with a stetho­scope and other di­ag­nos­tic equip­ment to check your vi­tal sta­tis­tics.

The iRobot can be pro­grammed to work in the patients’ ward, the op­er­at­ing room and can be at­tached to med­i­cal hard­ware such as met­ro­scopic and sur­gi­cal equip­ment.

Re­motely the doc­tor will be able to di­ag­nose a pa­tient’s symp­toms, trans­mit­ting to their screen through iRobot’s ul­tra-high def­i­ni­tion real-time cam­eras.

“He can ob­serve the pa­tient, he can en­large the area he wants to look at and it doesn’t mat­ter how far away he is,” said Sergey Vorontsov, Head of In­ter­na­tional Projects at UNIX, the Rus­sia-based med­i­cal com­pany that show­cased the de­vice.

When in­stalling the tech­nol­ogy in the hospi- By Shoshana Ke­dem tal a map­ping of the floor plans is up­loaded to con­fig­ure the ro­bot’s spa­tial aware­ness.

The ro­bot costs be­tween $100,000 to $200,000 de­pend­ing on its re­quire­ments and the lo­cal in­ter­nal IT in­fra­struc­ture on the site, Vorontsov added.

Hatta Hospi­tal al­ready has one in its emer­gency room linked to Rashid Hospi­tal's Trauma Cen­tre as part of Dubai Health Au­thor­ity’s smart health­care strat­egy, im­ple­mented in Septem­ber 2015.

“Tech­nol­ogy is al­low­ing us to do amaz­ing things in health,” said Dr Moin Fikree from Dubai Health Au­thor­ity.

“Now what we are do­ing is bring­ing doc­tors to our patients. To you.”

He added that the ro­bots are de­signed to cut wait­ing times in hos­pi­tals.

De­pend­ing on how ac­tive it is, the 90kg ro­bot can run for four to five hours and takes four hours to be fully charged.

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