February 27, 2021
Grant brings ‘remote’ patients back to doctors
SAN DIEGO – (INT) – Robots could be taking ‘telehealth’ to a new level.

As the COVID-19 pandemic rages, it’s no surprise that telehealth visits — online medical appointments — have increased dramatically over the past year.

But, these video visits have their limits. Telehealth can’t offer the touch, hands-on manipulation and visual contact medical staff need.

Health care robotics researchers from the University of California, San Diego teamed with UC Irvine and UCLA researchers are teaming up to take telehealth to a new level.

Using a $1.2 million grant, they are embarking on state-of-the-art mobile robots that augment video teleconferencing with advanced touch sensors and manipulation capabilities. These devices, which can be deployed in healthcare facilities or homes, will allow healthcare workers to safely examine remote patients and help quarantined Californians interact with the outside world.
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