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Monday, April 18, 2005

Future patients could meet RoboDoc

Future patients could meet RoboDoc: "A DALEK-style robotic doctor could be caring for patients on the wards of Welsh hospitals.
Instead of a flesh-and-blood doctor doing the daily ward round, a machine which displays the image of the doctor's face and sound of their voice could carry out bedside patient consultations.
The machine - called RoboDoc - allows doctors to see patients even when they are not in the hospital, or even the same town.
The system, which was developed in the US, is based on video-conferencing technology but is not designed to replace real doctors, despite the current shortages in Wales."


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