Robotics in Healthcare – Dr. Deborah Behan

This is the robot, and we have had discussion about calling it Pierre or Peter. It is a PR2 robot, and what we’re wanting to do, is to assist the nurses with some things that they don’t necessarily need to be doing. (Robot): I WILL GET THE WATER. In the future, a patient could say to the robot: “Go fetch some Cheerios for me, Go get a glass of water for me, Go get a Coke out of the refrigerator”, and then, the nurse can be right there with the patient giving direct patient care, while the robot is doing the indirect care. That’s going to be huge, too.

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