Children's Specialized Hospital Uses Robot for Patient Interaction | Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology Skip to content Skip to navigation

Children's Specialized Hospital Uses Robot for Patient Interaction

April 28, 2014
by Rajiv Leventhal
| Reprints

The N.J.-based Children's Specialized Hospital has deployed the use of a robot that allows physicians to interact with their patients at any hour of the day without physically being in the hospital.

The hospital says it is the first pediatric rehabilitation hospital in the country using VGo, a technology termed a “telepresence” healthcare solution. This new technology will aim to help children with special needs and complex medical conditions. VGo is a secure wireless-connected device that enables a distant person to be “present” through two- way video, audio, and motor-driven action. VGo is 100 percent controlled by a person using a PC, Mac or iPad. With its integrated camera, microphones, and video display—all on a robot style platform—VGo can run for up to 12 hours between battery charges.

At PSE&G Children’s Specialized Hospital, a 60-bed inpatient pediatric rehabilitation hospital in New Brunswick, doctors are using VGo to extend their reach to monitor and consult with medically-fragile patients and their families at any hour of the day in the hospital. With one currently residing within the New Brunswick-based hospital, Children’s Specialized says it hopes to expand its reach and improve access to pediatric specialists to children living in medically underserved communities. With 12 current locations across New Jersey, a patient in Egg Harbor Township can consult with a neuro-developmental pediatrician in Clifton, 250 miles away in real time, all on secure networks and all compliant with federal patient privacy regulations, the hospital says.

“Telemedicine is transforming the way we provide health care, and we are fortunate Children’s Specialized Hospital can offer this innovative tool to improve patient care and communication between healthcare providers and our patients and their family,” Christopher Haines, chief medical officer, Children’s Specialized Hospital, said in a statement. “It provides our physicians critical contact, at any time, to ensure continuity of care for children with complex conditions.”

Read the source article at PRWeb

Topics

News

Cerner Files Protest over $62M EHR Contract Awarded to Epic

Cerner Corp. has filed a protest against rival EHR vendor Epic Systems following an “unfair bidding process and a possible conflict of interest” for a recent IT implementation contract awarded by the University of Illinois (UI) medical center.

NewYork-Presbyterian, Walgreens Partner on Telemedicine Initiative

NewYork-Presbyterian and Walgreens are collaborating to bring expanded access to NewYork-Presbyterian’s healthcare through new telemedicine services, the two organizations announced this week.

ONC Releases Patient Demographic Data Quality Framework

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) developed a framework to help health systems, large practices, health information exchanges and payers to improve their patient demographic data quality.

AMIA, Pew Urge Congress to Ensure ONC has Funding to Implement Cures Provisions

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) have sent a letter to congressional appropriators urging them to ensure that ONC has adequate funding to implement certain 21st Century Cures Act provisions.

Former Michigan Governor to Serve as Chair of DRIVE Health

Former Michigan Governor John Engler will serve as chair of the DRIVE Health Initiative, a campaign aimed at accelerating the U.S. health system's transition to value-based care.

NJ Medical Group Launches Statewide HIE, OneHealth New Jersey

The Medical Society of New Jersey (MSNJ) recently launched OneHealth New Jersey, a statewide health information exchange (HIE) that is now live.