Monday, July 18, 2005

Technological Hospital

Video robots redefine bedside mannerBY ROB STEIN / The Washington Post
WASHINGTON — Ries Daniel was waiting in his hospital room the morning after bladder surgery when the door finally swung open. But it wasn't his doctor. Instead, a robot rolled in, wheeled over and pivoted its 15-inch video-screen "head" toward the 80-year-old lying in his bed at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Judith May is visited by physician's assistant Jeffery Piacitelli and her doctor, Louis Kavoussi, on the screen of Dr. Robot. (Washington Post)
"Good morning," said a voice from the robot's speaker. It was Louis Kavoussi, Daniel's urologist. His face peered down from the screen atop the 5½-foot-tall device dubbed Dr. Robot. "So, how was your evening? No problems?"

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