The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is starting a new telemedicine pilot project named RoboDoc. The project is part of the Smart City initiative and aims to use cutting edge technology to improve Emergency Medicine care. Dubai is the first regional Government to start this type of project which will use Robots to deliver telemedicine services. It is anticipated that the robots will produce a consistently high standard of care.
The Robot will be placed in Rashid Trauma Centre and the display screens will be placed in hospitals attached to the Rashid Trauma Centre – Hatta Hospital and the Nad Al Hammer Primary Health Centre. Multiple specialists based at the Trauma Centre will be able to provide advice and care via immediate consultations which are expected to reduce the need for inter hospital patient transfers.
The robots and telemedicine system has been developed by In Touch Health, a technology company based in California, USA. The company predicts a boom year as telemedicine systems gain popularity and widespread usage and healthcare organisations seek to cut costs. Telemedicine is used in areas with remote populations, little in the way of local health care services and often high numbers of elderly patients.