A robot helps doctor Paul Vespa make his rounds at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
A camera mounted on his computer sends a live picture of himself to patients and Vespa uses a joystick to control the robot's movements.
Twenty-seven year-old Kevin Sittner was admitted to the intensive care unit for bleeding in
his brain. Doctors examined him in person, but he also had periodic visits from the robot.
"I thought it was pretty cool, I mean it's probably the next best thing to having the doctor actually coming in and talking to you. It feels like you're actually talking to the doctor. You can see his face there and he can see you," Sittner said.
Doctors can also control the robot from home. That way they can check in on patients whenever they need to. "Right now we have a tremendous delay in our healthcare delivery, largely because we don't have enough physicians in enough locations so this can really
revolutionize the distribution of patients to physicians," Dr. Vespa said.
Doctor Vespa also uses the robot to visit patients at other hospitals in Southern California, and he even sees patients in other countries.
In this digital age, patients like Sittner expect on demand service. "I think it's just added comfort to a patient to know they can get care whenever they need it," he said.
These robots are designed to help patients and doctors connect instantly, without compromising care.
Bigad Shaban - CBS News
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