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Coming soon: Robot assistants in the emergency room

from Fast Company

Would you trust a robot with your life? Researchers at Vanderbilt University are banking on it. Specialists in emergency medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and computer engineers at the university recently teamed up to develop the TriageBot, a robotic system designed to handle the 60 percent of patients who show up at emergency rooms with non-life threatening problems. Here's how the system could work: Registration clerks direct patients to robotic assistants that take patients through the registration process with touch-screens and voice prompts. If patients report potentially life-threatening information — chest pains, for example — the robotic assistants will immediately notify staff. Otherwise, patients are given a wait time and sent to the waiting room. more

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