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iRobot’s RP-Vita Telepresence Robots Start Work At Seven Hospitals

iRobot’s RP-Vita Telepresence Robots Start Work At Seven Hospitals | Longevity science | Scoop.it

As smart as they are, doctors can’t compete with the volume of knowledge that a robot can retain. In an effort to join the best of both worlds – human experience with robotic data – a number of companies are developing telemedicine robots that not only allow doctors to reach out to patients miles or continents away, but can offer immediate information and advice that draws from volumes of medical research and case studies.

 

In January the FDA approved the telepresence platform RP-Vita, developed by iRobot and InTouch Health. Now seven hospitals across North America have enlisted the services of RP-Vita, bringing us one step closer to robotics-augmented healthcare.

 

 

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The Automation Of Healthcare Continues – Robot System To Sterilize Surgical Tools

The Automation Of Healthcare Continues – Robot System To Sterilize Surgical Tools | Longevity science | Scoop.it

General Electric is trying to streamline surgical tool care in hospitals by taking humans out of the equation and letting a robot do the dirty work.

An infection occurs in 1 to 3 surgery patients out of a hundred. While efforts are constant to minimize surgical site infections – improved operating room ventilation, improved sterilization methods, the use of antimicrobials – they are still the most common type of healthcare-associated infections, accounting for approximately 31 percent of infections contracted by hospitalized patients.

 

 

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UV Light Emitting Machine Disinfects Hospital Rooms In Minutes

UV Light Emitting Machine Disinfects Hospital Rooms In Minutes | Longevity science | Scoop.it

It’s a staggering modern-day irony that the most common complication for hospital patients is acquiring an infection during their visit, affecting 1 in 20 patients in the US. It’s a problem estimated to cause millions of infections with 100,000 or so leading to death per year and a whopping $45 billion annually in hospital costs. If this isn’t bad enough, the tragedies from deadly superbugs within healthcare facilities are on the rise and will likely continue as the last lines of antibiotics fail without any new drugs moving fast enough up the pipeline to help.

 

Fortunately, an alternative to medication promises to vastly improve the disinfection of hospital rooms, thanks to a UV light-emitting robot from Xenex Healthcare.

 

 

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Unclear if ICU telemedicine can save hospitals money

Unclear if ICU telemedicine can save hospitals money | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Remote monitoring of intensive care patients - a strategy to maximize scarce medical expertise - can cost hospitals anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 per bed in the first year.

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How Does Your Hospital Stack Up?

How Does Your Hospital Stack Up? | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Recently had or soon planning a procedure? Are you wondering how well the local hospitals have handled previous patients? Just need to find a convenient hospital for treatment?

 

This tool helps you find hospitals near you.

 

More importanly, it allows you to compare selected hospitals on factors such as:

--patient satisfaction

--accuracy of care

--readmission rates 

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Your Next Doctor Could Save Your Life From Hundreds Of Miles Away

Your Next Doctor Could Save Your Life From Hundreds Of Miles Away | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Right now about 10 percent of ICU beds in the US are monitored in part from an off-hospital site. And the number of sites using remote monitoring are on the rise, increasing exponentially over the past 5 to 7 years.

 

Tele-ICU monitoring involves satellite-linked video and communications links to electronic records so that the distant intensivists – doctors that specialize in intensive care – can watch over the patient in real-time, 24 hours a day. A video camera operates on-demand to observe the patient and communicate with them via a microphone and speakers. Through this two-way communication tele-intensivists can aid local intensivists by helping to enforce the patient’s daily goals, review their performance with them and respond to alarms if the local doctor has been called away.

 

 

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GE developing robotic system for hospitals

GE developing robotic system for hospitals | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Presently, when an operation is going to be performed at a hospital, people first locate all the instruments that the surgeon will require, inspect them, arrange them on a tray, sterilize them, and then deliver them to the operating room. According to General Electric’s GE Global Research division, however, robots could do all of those things better. To that end, the group has recently partnered with GE Healthcare and the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs, in a US$2.5 million two-year project to develop just such robots.

 

 

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Telepresence Robots Invade Hospitals – “Doctors Can Be Anywhere, Anytime”

Telepresence Robots Invade Hospitals –  “Doctors Can Be Anywhere, Anytime” | Longevity science | Scoop.it

Imagine your doctor is 20 miles away, but is still able to assess you as a patient

 

The doctor can steer you down the hall, check your vitals, and talk to you. And, as long as there is a nurse on location, the doctor can check your heart beat over headphones.

 

Introducing Roda, a telepresence robot designed for hospital use.

 

 

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Cardiac arrest survival improving in U.S. hospitals: study

Cardiac arrest survival improving in U.S. hospitals: study | Longevity science | Scoop.it

More people hospitalized for cardiac arrest are surviving compared with a decade ago, according to a U.S. study, possibly because of changes in hospital treatment and the way bystanders respond when somebody collapses.

 

The study found a decrease in death rate of over 10% in people hospitalized after cardiac arrest.

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