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This cutting-edge technology provides the opportunity for
ICU physicians at St. Joseph’s Westgate to complete consultation rounds twice a
day from anywhere at any time. While this allows for greater flexibility for
patients and families to interact with the doctors, the robotic rounds do not
take the place of in-person physician visits.
“Doctors are able to beam in from their smartphones,
desktop computers, and tablets to actually see the patients and families, and have
meaningful, face-to-face conversations with them regardless of their physical
location,” explains Tina Brucato-Day, hospital administrator at St. Joseph’s
Westgate Medical Center.
The robot can travel anywhere throughout the hospital and
thus gives patients the convenience of immediate access to the doctors. It is
even equipped with a stethoscope, so that physicians can listen remotely to
heart and lung sounds using earbuds. Sufficiently powerful and maneuverable,
the camera allows doctors to view even the finest details during the patient
“The patients and families seem excited about the new
technology and tell us how great it is,” says Brucato-Day. “This robot proves
that technological advancements do not have to sacrifice human interaction and
The center, located in Glendale, Ariz., is moving
medicine into the digital age by providing patients and physicians with an
immediate access solution for quick diagnosis and care plans.
—St. Joseph’s Westgate—