The RP VITA robot will be deployed allowing doctors and patients to interact with nothing more than an iPad and video screen. It’s the first such robot approved for use by the FDA.
Marcio Macedo, Director of Product Development for iRobot tells WBZ the system developed with InTouch Health of Santa Barbara, California, is based on a tablet interface that allows a doctor to be up and running virtually without training.
The RP-Vita system will cost hospitals about $4,000 to $6,000 a month. That includes the robot itself, the software, networking and communication, and installation, Angle says. IRobot and InTouch Health will start shipping the first commercial units this quarter, he says.
Macedo says patients prefer having consultations through technology.
iRobot says more hospitals will be using robots in the coming months.