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Plastic Mannequin-Based Robotic Telepresence for Remote Clinical Ward Rounding

Matthews, V. O. and Popoola, Segun I. and Atayero, A. A. (2017) Plastic Mannequin-Based Robotic Telepresence for Remote Clinical Ward Rounding. In: World Congress on Engineering 2017 , July 5-7, 2017, London, U.K..

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Mobile robotic telepresence is a potential solution to addressing the problem of access to quality healthcare delivery in rural areas. Despite the availability of this system in its different forms, the capital and operating costs are unffordable for people living in rural areas, particularly in emerging economies. In this paper, the authors reduced the cost of mobile robotic telepresence solution for remote ward rounding using plastic mannequin and solar photovoltaic technology. An IP camera was fixed in each of the eye sockets of the plastic mannequin. These cameras are connected to a mini-computer embedded in the plastic mannequin. A Wi-Fi module establishes an Internet connection between remote physicians and rural healthcare facilities. In addition, most of these communities are not even connected to the power grid. Therefore, the system is powered by a solar photovoltaic energy source to provide a cheap and reliable power system. Another unique feature of this solution is that it gives the patient a better impression of the physical presence of a physician. This development will increase the adoption of robotic telepresense for remote clinical ward rounding in developing countries

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: mobile robotic telepresence; plastic mannequin; solar photovoltaic; ward rounding
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Engineering Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2017 13:02
Last Modified: 16 Aug 2017 13:02

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