The new generation....a robot doctor!!!

United States
July 16, 2007 9:16am CST
Okay, I can safely say that I have seen it all. A robotic doctor?! Check out the link below and read about a doctor who has a robot counterpart that visits his hospitalized patients in his absence! Interestingly, the patients who were visited by the robot had shorter stays in the hospital than those patients who were not visited by the robot. What do you think of this practice? Would you enjoy a visit by a robot? Here is the link: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070716/ap_on_hi_te/robodoc
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@GardenGerty (105513)
• United States
16 Jul 07
Now I am wondering about why the people visited by the robot had shorter stays. Is a robot more sanitary, spreads fewer nosocomial bugs? Do patients just have more faith in him, because he is "technology" and therefore their own minds work a healing effect. I would only want a robot if he could actually give me feedback for my questions. I do believe it is much more effective than no available doctor, and may, perhaps free up the doctor to do some more work for the patients. I have never had a long hospital stay, although my doctor when I had the hysterectomy was very personable, and based on a very low temp. told my insurance company I was staying an extra day. I do not know if a robot would have that clout. I really loved that hospital stay, as it was a small clinic, and I got lots of attention. It was almost like a luxury hotel, private patio, homemade foods, heavy stoneware, nice glass ware and dinner utensils. I am not sure if a robot would fit the ambiance.
• United States
16 Jul 07
Wow, I think I want to go to that clinic should I find myself in need of surgery! Sounds awesome.
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@pendragon (3352)
• United States
16 Jul 07
The eye surgery that i have recently had (four procedures) had a robotic assistant.I was awake during it all and heard the obotic voice,lol, it was interesting and somewhat unnerving, but all went well.
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@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
16 Jul 07
I read that yesterday on MSN. Gee, I don't know how I'd feel if a robot visited me for my health care concerns. I think I would miss the human interaction. A real live Dr could pick up on perspections that a robot never could: Drs can tell if the patient is somewhat depressed, plagued by needless 'over worry' about their illness, and hey, nothing could ever replace the hello smile or handshake. I don't know, while it seemingly might be a good idea in some ways, I don't think this is an area where an automaton robot should be replacing humans. Huh! Whatever will they think of next?!
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@Lydia1901 (16354)
• United States
21 Jul 07
I would see a robot doctor if I will not wait for too long and as long as they know what they are doing off course.