Bengaluru hospital introduces robots to screen people to protect doctors from being infected
Bengaluru-based hospital has decided to use advance technology to screen Covid-19 patients before they meet a human doctor.
The development comes at a time when doctors, medics across the country have been infected with Covid-19 while screening patients, resulting in shutting of hospitals.
At the Fortis Hospital in Bengaluru, Karnataka, robots will now do the initial screening work, which was earlier done by doctors.
Mitra and Mitri robots screen people who came to the hospital for Covid-19 check-ups.
Mitra robot's job is simple. It asks 5 questions -- your name to telephone number. It also takes the person's body temperature and asks if the person is suffering from fever.
Thereafter, it will ask the person if he/she is patient. If it is satisfied with all the details, it will send the person to meet a human being at the reception. However, if the person has been suspected of Covid-19 complications, it will direct him/her to Mitri robot.
The second robot screens for Covid-19 and flu-like symptoms, arranges a video call with the doctor and then issues a slip to the patient to visit doctor.
Dr (Wing Commander) A Nagasubramaniam, Medical Director, Fortis Hospital, Bannerghatta Road said that the hospital has taken this step to ensure that health care workers are protected in the beginning itself.
"This barrier screening will help both -- the health care workers, patients -- and simultaneously give confidence to all in the system. There is absolutely no close contact here and the aim is to adapt technology and showcase it in the best possible way, and I hope we will be successful in this," Nagasubramaniam told