Is this the new face of healthcare?
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.