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Beam Me To The Med Bay Scotty! New Telepresence Robots Help Doctors

November 20, 2013 | Telepresence Options


Story and images by Katana Sohma / American Live Wire

Telepresence robots stand about 5 feet high and come equipped with a monitor, camera, and microphone. This equipment enables doctors to conduct remote conferencing with their patients, and are being used increasingly more in hospitals.

The hospital chain Dignity Health, operating several hospitals in Arizona, California, and Nevada, started using telemedicine five years ago. Telemedicine is quickly becoming a popular method for doctor's visits, even being used by behavioral health specialists.

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