"Members of the Marshall University football team visited St. Mary’s on Wednesday and were introduced to H.A.T.T.I.E., which stands for Highly Advanced Technology That Improves Efficiency, a telemedicine robot found in only eight hospitals nationwide.
"The RP-VITA model is the first FDA-approved telemedicine robot with AutoDrive technology. In short, that means the robot can drive itself from room to room and connect patient to doctor across town or across the country."
I always like it when the robot is given a name, indicates bonding and a successful trial. St. Mary's had a content to choose the name.
"Sandra Napier, nurse liaison for telehealth, said the technology, which uses the robot on-site and Wi-Fi access through a smartphone or desktop application, is just like having a physician with his hands in his pockets. St. Mary’s added a second telemedicine robot to its medical center in May."
They added a second robot. What does that tell you about the success of the trial? The great thing about additional units is that the mapping details from the first RP-Vita can be ported over to the second unit. Costs go down as each unit is added. The work to map out the hospital floor only has to be done once.