Bomb-disposal robots now patrolling hospitals

iRobot now applying its skills in autonomous control to medicine

Best known for its bomb-disposal robots using in Afghanistan and elsewhere, iRobot has introduced a mobile robot system for hospital use. Call the Remote Presence Virtual + Independent Telemedicine Assistant, the robot can travel hospital corridors autonomously, avoiding objects and people, and can operate within the cloud, connecting electronically to a patient’s electronic medical record.

The robot can also connect to diagnostic devices such as electronic stethoscopes and ultrasound units, and can be operated via an Apple iPad.

The Food and Drug Administration is undergoing validation testing, with several hospitals putting the robot through its paces. InTouch Health is a partner with iRobot on the program.

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