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Robotic doctor to make debut in ME

Asma Ali Zain / 22 April 2011

DUBAI - An automated human-like doctor, Robodoc, is set to debut in the Middle East and assist doctors in managing patients in critical care settings, announced health experts on Thursday.

The breakthrough technological robot has already been launched in 12 states in the US, Mexico, Columbia and Chile.

Robodoc can talk, walk, examine patients and go into the deepest details and report findings accurately, explained Dr Hussain Nasser Al Rahma, president of the 7th Emirates Critical Care Conference that is currently underway in Dubai where the robot is being launched.

The Robodoc is equipped with a high-resolution camera and only needs a high-speed Internet connection to operate.

Doctors can access the patient’s information and guide other colleagues with the help of the robotic doctor no matter wherever they are in the world.

Dr Rahma, who is also the head of ICU, Dubai Hospital, said the launch could take place in any of the regional countries provided related issues were resolved.  He also said the Robodoc was among the several new technologies that were being introduced at the conference.

The Robodoc, the brainchild of Dr Edgar Jimenez, president of the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine, was connected to Orlando Hospital campus in the United States to give doctors attending the conference a first-hand experience of its abilities.

“The Robodoc project was launched for rural areas that are deprived of doctors and do not have specialised people working there,” said Dr Jimenez.

He explained that the Robodoc can manage patients for a doctor while he is away. “All you need is an Internet connection,” he said. A number of similar technological advancements to help doctors in ICUs have already been launched in Dubai Hospital. “Five new equipment are being launched in the conference,” said Dr Rahma.

“Critical care is a fast advancing speciality and is dependent on highly skilled professionals, latest technology and integration of services to achieve the best patient outcomes and to lower mortality rates.”

Director-General of the Dubai Health Authority Qadhi Al Murooshid, while opening the three-day conference, said the intensive care units in Dubai had lower mortality rates.

“We have trained personnel, state-of-the-art medical equipment and this has helped us reduce our mortality rates in ICUs from 60 per cent to 35 per cent, which is less than the international benchmark of 40 to 50 per cent.”   

asmaalizain@khaleejtimes.com

 
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