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Tuesday, 24 July, 2007

Are you ready for Robodoc?

The CBC recently ran an .

(: "You mean my family physician ISN'T a robot? He is so rude and cold, I thought for certain... ")

The article includes a mention of Halifax's Dr Ivar Mendez, whose use of a remote-control robot for patient care was :

"It was just like regular rounds," he beams. "I was on the other side of the Atlantic and controlling the robot in real time. It was wonderful to be able to see my patients while I was away, and my patients were happy to see me." [...]

The robot makes friends wherever it goes, it seems. "There is a total acceptance of the robot by the nurses, for example," says Dr Mendez. "The robot doesn't get any special attention. It walks through the wards and people have gotten completely used to it."

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