Tech cont. – Wireless network. Wireless access points (802.11b). Too much is better than not enough. Channel selection is important.
How does it work? Caregiver at care station drives the companion to patients. Highly mobile video conferencing. Movement limited only by wireless network. Video and audio codecs developed. 500 kb/sec is all that is needed.
Results - Nurses Helped free a nurse when patient needed long term observation. Easy to use. Short learning curve. Enthusiastic. Ideas to improve robot for nursing uses. Eagerness & willingness to try it.
Results - Physicians Easy to use. Short learning curve. Ability to see patient from home helpful. Ability to view patient data helpful. Vent settings. ECG. Monitors.
Results - Patients Patients love it! Liked being seen by their physician more often. Feel special. Talking to a person, not a robot. Experience not always what is expected.