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Eliza, a friendly robot to attend sick children

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Telemedicine researchers of  University of Queensland in Australia  are using a robot by name Eliza to bridge the distances and, to improve the delivery of specialist medical care. Developed by university’s Centre for Online Health – a world leader in telemedicine research, Eliza, has began its work at Mt Isa Hospital this week. The wireless robots can be wheeled to the bedside of sick children for video-link consultations with Brisbane specialists, reducing the need for local doctors or families to travel to the city for specialist care. A built-in camera and microphone enables the specialist to see and speak with the child. The robot project is an extension of the telepaediatric research led by the Centre for Online Health, in collaboration with the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.

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