Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

UC Davis Medical Center Tests Robot That Brings Your Doctor To You After Surgery

Date:
August 26, 2004
Source:
University Of California Davis Medical Center
Summary:
UC Davis Medical Center has begun testing a new, five-and-a-half-foot-tall robot that allows physicians to personally check in and interact with their hospital patients following surgery — without the doctor actually being there in person.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — UC Davis Medical Center has begun testing a new, five-and-a-half-foot-tall robot that allows physicians to personally check in and interact with their hospital patients following surgery — without the doctor actually being there in person.

The medical center is one of four sites in the nation participating in a scientific study to determine if a robot is a useful and safe complement to the standard care following surgery. UC Davis urologist Lars Ellison is studying whether a surgeon can adequately assess patients from a remote location using a machine that is know affectionately around the hospital as “Rudy”.

From his office or home, Ellison can guide a surprisingly agile machine down the halls of the hospital and right into the rooms of his patients. Equipped with a camera, TV screen and microphone, “Rudy” allows Ellison to have a conversation with his patient in much the same way traditional bedside rounds are conducted. Both the doctor and patient can see and hear each other, and the robot’s camera can zoom in to provide a view of the patient’s vital signs and surgical incision.

“We think using a robot that allows us to personally visit and check up on our patients after surgery will prove safe and effective,” said Ellison. “This is another form of “telemedicine,” which is becoming increasingly important because it can enhance the quality of care by helping doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals do their jobs more efficiently and effectively.”

Ellison participated in an earlier study at Johns Hopkins Hospital, which found patients prefer seeing their own doctor following surgery rather than a physician they don’t know, even if their doctor only visited them via the robot.

Ellison also pointed out that the machine has other potential benefits because it could allow rural surgeons to maintain their care of patients at geographically remote hospitals and protect physician safety when a patient has a highly infectious disease or is suffering from a biochemical exposure.

The robot operates through the medical center’s private wireless network, which was recently installed inside the hospital. To navigate the 200-pound machine and appear on its screen in a patient’s room, the doctor uses a computer, video camera with built-in audio capabilities and a joystick similar to the ones used for video gaming.

This also isn’t the only robot currently in use at the medical center. For the past year, a surgical robot has been used in the operating room, where it can be less invasive and perform highly precise suturing. Surgeons at UC Davis hone their skills with the device by visiting the hospital’s Center for Virtual Care, where a robotics lab allows them to practice high-tech procedures.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by University Of California Davis Medical Center. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

University Of California Davis Medical Center. "UC Davis Medical Center Tests Robot That Brings Your Doctor To You After Surgery." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 26 August 2004. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/08/040824015345.htm>.
University Of California Davis Medical Center. (2004, August 26). UC Davis Medical Center Tests Robot That Brings Your Doctor To You After Surgery. ScienceDaily. Retrieved July 25, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/08/040824015345.htm
University Of California Davis Medical Center. "UC Davis Medical Center Tests Robot That Brings Your Doctor To You After Surgery." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/08/040824015345.htm (accessed July 25, 2014).

Share This




More Health & Medicine News

Friday, July 25, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

New Painkiller Designed To Discourage Abuse: Will It Work?

New Painkiller Designed To Discourage Abuse: Will It Work?

Newsy (July 24, 2014) The FDA approved Targiniq ER on Wednesday, a painkiller designed to keep users from abusing it. Like any new medication, however, it has doubters. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Doctor At Forefront Of Fighting Ebola Outbreak Gets Ebola

Doctor At Forefront Of Fighting Ebola Outbreak Gets Ebola

Newsy (July 24, 2014) Sheik Umar Khan has treated many of the people infected in the Ebola outbreak, and now he's become one of them. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Condemned Man's US Execution Takes Nearly Two Hours

Condemned Man's US Execution Takes Nearly Two Hours

AFP (July 24, 2014) America's death penalty debate raged Thursday after it took nearly two hours for Arizona to execute a prisoner who lost a Supreme Court battle challenging the experimental lethal drug cocktail. Duration: 00:55 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Can Watching TV Make You Feel Like A Failure?

Can Watching TV Make You Feel Like A Failure?

Newsy (July 24, 2014) A study by German researchers claims watching TV while you're stressed out can make you feel guilty and like a failure. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

    Health News

      Environment News

        Technology News



          Save/Print:
          Share:

          Free Subscriptions


          Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

          Get Social & Mobile


          Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

          Have Feedback?


          Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
          Mobile: iPhone Android Web
          Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
          Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
          Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins