Chulalongkorn University Researchers Roll Out Telemedicine Robots for Care of COVID-19 Patients

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Chulalongkorn University launched three new telemedicine robots developed by Professor Dr. Viboon Sangveraphunsiri, Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Head of the Regional Centre of Robotic Technology, and Dr. Khate Sripratak, cardiologist from the Central Chest Disease Institute. The robots will be used for communication between COVID-19 patients, medical staff, and interpreters, and will be stationed at Bamrasnaradura Infectious Diseases Institute, Rajavithi Hospital, and the Central Chest Disease Institute.

King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital has successfully developed telemedicine robots to help care for the elderly and patients that are recovering from strokes. This innovation will now be available for patients with chronic conditions and need urgent treatment. Doctors can reach patients immediately through video conference systems, reducing travel time.

Professor Nijasri Charnnarong, Chief of the Center of Excellence in Stroke at Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, led the telemedicine project, with collaboration from the Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Engineering. Professor Viboon Sangveraphunsiri (Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Head of the Regional Centre of Robotic Technology) and Associate Professor Krisna Piravej (Head of Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital) headed the development of the robots and physiotherapy systems. The project was financially supported by Haxter Robotics Co and Softsquare Group.