Dr. Robot On Call
Richard "Chip" Davis, VP for
innovation and patient safety at Johns Hopkins Medicine,
who oversees the project; Diane Miles, assistant VP,
Verizon Foundation at Verizon Maryland; Ronald Peterson,
JHH president; Susan Butta, VP for external affairs at
Verizon Maryland; the robot, operated by Thomas Kim,
Office of Telehealth at Johns Hopkins; Sherry Bellamy, VP
of Verizon Business and a JHM trustee; and Edward D.
Miller, dean and CEO of JHM.
Photo by Will Kirk / HIPS
The Verizon Foundation and Sherry Bellamy, vice president
and deputy general counsel for
Verizon Business, jointly have provided funding for a
project in the Johns Hopkins Hospital
Emergency Department that uses a remote-presence robot
to reduce the time patients must wait for
consultations by clinical specialists. Using laptop
computers that control a robot in the ED, on-call
specialists can respond to requests for assistance
immediately from wherever they may be, whether
it's another location in the hospital, across the city or
elsewhere. They can "drive" the robot
throughout the department to see and talk with staff,
patients and their families, visually examine
patients and view test results and other information.
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