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Cost-Effective Medical Robotic Telepresence Solution using Plastic Mannequin

Matthews, V. O. and Popoola, Segun I. and Adetiba, E. and Badejo, J. A. and Atayero, A. A. (2017) Cost-Effective Medical Robotic Telepresence Solution using Plastic Mannequin. International Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering (IJECE), 7 (3). pp. 1212-1218. ISSN 2088-8708

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Robotic telepresence is an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solution that has a huge potential to address the problem of access to quality healthcare delivery in rural areas. However, the capital and operating costs of available systems are considered to be unffordable for rural dwellers in emerging economies. In addition, most of these communities are not even connected to the power grid. In this paper, the authors reduced the cost of engaging a robotic telepresence solution for rural medicare by 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 heathcare facilities. The system is powered by a solar photovoltaic energy source to guarantee power availability. Another unique feature of this solution is that it gives the patient a better impression of the physical presence of a physician. Comparative cost analysis with robotic telepresence available in the market showed that our system is more affordable. This development will increase the adoption of robotic telepresense in rural telemedicine.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Healthcare Plastic Mannequin Robotic Telepresence Rural Telemedicine Solar photovoltaic
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Electronics and Computer Science
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2017 08:53
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2017 08:53

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