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Detroit hospital rolls out robotic "doctors"

Marc Perton
April 7, 2005
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Detroit Medical Center has become the latest hospital to test robotic "doctors" developed by InTouch Health, a California company that specializes in "remote presence" for healthcare. The bots are essentially wheeled, white-coated units topped with two-way displays that allow doctors to check in on patients from remote locations. The robots, each of which costs hospital $3,500 per month, were previously tested at UCLA Medical Center. Given that one doctor has already rolled out a robotic nurse, we imagine it will only be a matter of time before hospitals are fully automated and the only humans patients come in contact with will be in the billing department. Oh, wait. They've already been replaced by machines.

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