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Bots to treatment!

To protect our medical superhumans, many countries are opting for robots to help medical staff communicate freely with COVID-19 patients without coming in close contact. Taking a look at the Ospedale di Circolo in Varese, Italy, the staff use ‘Ivo’ to communicate with the patients. The robot is little more than a tablet supported by a periscopic pole mounted on wheels, but it allows nurses to talk to patients remotely and limit their exposure to the virus.

The hospital also uses full robot nurses that have been employed to help manage the demand. One of them is named ‘Tommy’ after the son of one of the doctors. Tommy is one of six deployed on the ward that monitors parameters from equipment in the room, relaying them to hospital staff. The robots have touch-screen faces that allow patients to record messages and send them to doctors.






Another major help came from an Israeli-made AI-powered robot assistant Robotemi which is being used in hundreds of hospitals, medical centres, nursing homes, and corporate buildings in Asia to help minimize human-to-human contact. Up until this point, many Temi robots have been drafted for work in hospitals, air terminals and elderly-care homes. The machine is likewise being put to use in workplaces all through China to check arriving employees for fever, one of the most unmistakable manifestations of COVID-19. If a medical problem is distinguished, Temi guides the worker to a doctor’s office to abstain from contaminating colleagues.





Beijing-based robotics company CloudMinds sent 14 robots to Wuhan, China to help with patient care amid the coronavirus pandemic. The robots, some of which are more humanoid than others, can clean and disinfect, deliver medicine to patients and measure patients’ temperature.



China researchers also designed a robot arm on wheels that can perform ultrasounds, take mouth swabs and listen to sounds made by a patient’s organs, which is usually done with a stethoscope. The robot, fitted with cameras, can perform these tasks without needing medical personnel in the same room. The robot was designed by Professor Zheng Gangtie from Tsinghua University.



A Cheetah Mobile-backed robotics company, Orion Star, has deployed robots in China that can help guide preliminary diagnosis and treatment, primary disclosure of medical information, and fixed-point delivery of medical supplies in hospitals. Orion Star’s epidemic prevention and control program, powered by robots, aims to reduce the workload of medical staff and reduce the risk of infection by using robots to undertake a large number of simple but labour-intensive processing tasks such as pre-diagnosis, house inspection, and delivery. The robot, which has been tested at the hospital already, uses 5G and cloud computing.



Alexandra Hospital in Singapore is using a robot called BeamPro to deliver medicine and meals to patients diagnosed with COVID-19 or those suspected to be infected with the virus in its isolation wards. Doctors and nurses can control the robot by using a computer from outside the room and can hold conversations with the patient via the screen and camera.



How many of these innovative bots were you aware of? Know about various others out there? Let us know. Stay tuned!

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