A robot from Diligent Robotics, designed to test collaborative automation integration in a working medical facility, recently concluded its first real-world trial in a Texas hospital.
Such robotic systems are widely seen as one potential tool to help relieve strain on healthcare workers.
Diligent's Moxi robot is a socially intelligent talking humanoid designed to interact with patients and healthcare workers.
In the hospital trial, Moxi took over some of the work that distracts nurses from patient care, like delivering admission kits to drop-off boxes outside each patient room and laboratory specimens to the lab, as well as carrying soiled linen bags from patient rooms to cleaning areas.
Diligent said the robot is slated for another six beta trials, and aims to roll out Moxi to hospitals starting in the second half of next year.
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