In a few more years, in rural areas it’s going to feel like a doctor is there with the patient while the doc is miles away although the iRobot will be in its place.
iRobot even retooled itself to build an emerging technologies group, announcing a partnership with InTouch Health to put its AVA telepresence technology to better use. Today the two companies are announcing the fruits of their labor — the Remote Presence Virtual + Independent Telemedicine Assistant, or RP-VITA. The project aims to combine the best of iRobot’s AVA telepresence units with InTouch health’s own bots, creating an easy to use system that allows physicians to care for patients remotely without stumbling over complicated technology.
Jay Parkinson, MD found a great picture showing that telemedicine was predicted in 1925.
Do you remember the video in which Arthur C. Clarke described how future doctors in Edinburgh could operate patients in New Zealand? Back in 1964? What about our own predictions for the future?
There are more and more premature children and their situation for their parents is dramatic. They would love to be with the newborn 24 hours a day, but in most cases they obviously cannot. At the Dutch UMC Ultrecht, they launched a project under the name Telebaby, in which cameras were installed at the incubators and parents can watch their child live 24 hours a day through even a mobile device.
Of course, the system is password protected, so only the affected parents can access the specific video channels. Isn’t it great? A very human, but not that expensive idea, a really Dutch approach.
My PhD supervisor is now spending 10 months at a US research center and it means we have to work remotely and also organize meetings via Skype and other communication channels. Well, regarding clinics, it might work. The prototype was created and designed by RoboDynamics.
Our robot TiLR is world’s first commercial Telepresence Robot which radically change the way people can work remotely by increasing throughput while simultaneously decreasing costs.
A remote worker would uses the robot as her physical avatar in the remote location. The net effect is that the remote worker performs exactly as she is there in person – which makes robotic telepresence unlike any other collaboration solution in existence today.
I just got an e-mail mentioning the role AT&T would like to play in telemedicine and remote patient monitoring. Here is a comprehensive review about this, and I thought I would share some real examples now.
The term telehealth— the use of telecommunications to share healthcare services and information–encompasses multiple aspects of healthcare: teleconferencing, conversion of medical records to digital form, and collaboration among healthcare providers who all have the same information.
Potentially more exciting is the use of telecommunications to remotely monitor patients’ health and relay medical and biometric information directly from the home to doctors and health facilities, all within seconds. Remote monitoring is possible with a new generation of small, inexpensive sensors with very low power requirements. The new sensors, benefiting from recent advances in miniaturization, are as accurate as hospital-grade equipment of just a few years ago, at a fraction of the cost.
Lusheng Ji of AT&T Labs Research discusses wireless-network health research projects, including smart slippers and remote monitoring of pill-taking.
Demonstration of remote patient monitoring at the HIMSS 2010 conference.
Telestroke enables emergency video consults about serious neurological issues. If you want to learn about projects and experiences of the Mayo Clinic in the field of telestroke, Medting helps you. Register here.
Bart M. Demaerschalk, MD, MSc, FRCP(C)
Director Cerebrovascular Diseases Center
Associate Professor of Neurology
Division of Cerebrovascular Diseases
Division of Critical Care Neurology
Department of Neurology
Mayo Clinic Hospital
Dr. Demaerschalk has wide experience in Teleictus projects and Telemedicine networks, particularly with the launch of First International Teleictus Network.
In countries, where there are not enough medical professionals, such a system can have a great impact on healthcare.
Genesis™ DM telehealth device from Honeywell HomMed (Brookfield, WI), one of the winners of 2008 Medical Design Excellence Awards, aims to help people living with long term health conditions, such as COPD or chronic heart failure, to maintain and monitor their health. In addition, the device was designed to help patients keep track of medical appointments and other important events.
Web-based and content-rich, the new Genesis™ DM is the latest generation of the industry’s best-selling monitor. With over 40,000 monitors in service worldwide, we provide the most complete remote biometric and symptom evaluation available.
Genesis DM is seamlessly integrated into the innovative new Honeywell HomMed LifeStream™ telehealth platform, providing web-enabled, on-demand access to disease-specific symptom management (DSSM), customizable by diagnosis and symptoms.
This telehealth device measures heart rate, blood pressure, and weight, and provides customizable subjective disease-related queries for a more complete picture of an individual’s health. Automated set up and automatic patient engagement with a friendly voice and easy-to-use interface guide the patient at every step.
Product page: Honeywell HomMed Genesis™ DM remote patient care monitor…
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