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Is That a Robot? Dr. Bear Bot Helps Care for Kids at Local Hospital


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Children's National cardiologist Alejandro Lopez-Magallon remotely checks in on a patient and speaks to her parents using Dr. Bear Bot.

Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C., is the first pediatric hospital to deploy a remote-monitoring virtual liaison robot in its cardiac intensive care unit.

Credit: Sadie Dingfelder/Express

Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C., is the first pediatric hospital to deploy a remote-monitoring virtual liaison robot in its cardiac intensive care unit (ICU).

"Dr. Bear Bot" makes rounds in the ICU, monitoring patients' vital signs through a connection to a control center, where physicians like cardiologist Alejandro Lopez-Magallon can interact and communicate with patients via the robot.

The system gives Lopez-Magallon a unique perspective on the patients, so he can interpret long-term trends in their health that may be overlooked by bedside staff.

The setup also gives Lopez-Magallon easy access to medical images, which he can pull up and show to parents or nurses via the robot's screen.

With the Dr. Bear Bot system, the cardiologist can keep a close eye on all the patients in the ICU, and address problems before they become serious.

From The Washington Post
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