In a first in India, Madurai, Tamil Nadu-based Meenakshi Mission Hospital and Research Centre (MMHRC) has deployed 16 mobile Teladoc Health Robots. The robots, which the hospital claims are the preferred choice of the world’s top-6 hospitals, and MMHRC is the only Indian healthcare institution to deploy these.

The Teledoc Robots will be used for clinical examinations, diagnosis, and monitoring of health parameters of both out-patients and in-patients.

The hospital has procured these robots from the US-based Teladoc, a multinational telemedicine and virtual healthcare company based in New York.

The Teladoc telemedicine robots have capabilities to carry out basic clinical examinations (such as checking blood pressure and heart rate) on their own, as instructed by the doctors. As IoT devices, they can be used to control other advanced diagnostic equipment such as CT and MRI scan machines. 

Applying Artificial Intelligence, these Teledoc robots can collect and process data from other diagnostic equipment and present it to the doctors to help them make precise clinical decisions. The robots can also enhance patient relations, as they are fitted with cameras and display monitors to enable patient-doctor interaction.

Dr. S. Gurushankar, Chairman, Meenakshi Mission Hospital, Madurai said, "The adoption of such telemedicine robots is not going to take away jobs of paramedical staff. Their primary objective is to augment the diagnostic abilities of doctors and improve access, quality, and efficiency of healthcare delivery for patients irrespective of their physical location – whether they are admitted at the hospital or are miles away at their home."

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