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Can Medical Robots Offset Physician Shortage?

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(FOX 11) As more Americans get access to health care coverage in 2014, there is plenty of concern that there won't be enough doctors to care for everyone with coverage.  

One way several Southern California hospitals are preparing for a physician shortfall: by increasing their use of medical robots. 

A five-foot tall medical robot named EVA is already in use in the Neuro-Critical Care unit of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. It enables Neurologists to check in on patients, even do a neurological exam from a desktop computer or an iPad outside the hospital.  

Four hospitals owned by Providence also debuted similar robots in their Neuro-ICU units today.    While "Virtual Visits" leave some patients feeling somewhat distant from their doctor, Dr. Paul Vespa, Chief of Neuro-Critical Care at UCLA, says the robots may turn out to enhance the doctor-patient bond by enabling more frequent visits. 

To learn more about medical robots go to http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/wall-e-meet-eva-robo-doc-navigates-245794.aspx

 

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