By Tamara Pupic
Doctor-on-wheels introduced in Dubai Health Authority's Hatta Hospital with the aim of cutting waiting times
A new robot doctor at a Dubai hospital has reportedly saved a few lives a week after being put on trial in the hospital’s emergency room.
The doctor-on-wheels has been introduced in Dubai Health Authority's Hatta Hospital with the aim to save lives by cutting waiting times for critical patients, especially when transporting them from remote areas to Dubai for treatment.
"Dubai Robo Doc will not replace any doctor but will make up for in places that have less specialists," said Jaish P.C, manager of sales at Virtus Group.
"Earlier paramedics/doctors could only hear the experts, but now they can also see them. This results in better treatment," he said.
The robot is operated from the doctor's control station in Rashid Hospital and gives guidance through a screen displayed in both hospitals.
It can also read reports and X-rays by scanning them, but has to be mapped and follows instructions fed into it.
"The robot also allows better interaction with patients," said Jaish.
More robots might be introduced depending on the first one’s success.