Nexmed Healthcare Solutions has partnered with GoBe Robots to bring the world’s most advanced fully robotic telepresence device to Africa.

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About GoBe Robots:

GoBe Robots, a subsidiary of Blue Ocean Robotics and based in Denmark, are recognized as global leaders in the development of fully autonomous, professional telepresence robots. Blue Ocean Robotics have won several awards and was named European Champion in the development and commercialization of service robots by Frost & Sullivan in 2020.

What is a telepresence robot

A telepresence robot is technology that places you at a remote location in real time. It allows for a very humanlike virtual presence without physically being there. The GoBe Robot has gained significant traction in all types of environments, from hospitals and clinics, to frail car homes, school districts, corporate offices and more. The GoBe Robot allows you to have a virtual presence at any location in the world, from any location in the world instantly. It is important to note that a telepresence robot is not the same as a videoconferencing system. A videoconferencing system is static and allows 2-way communication. The GoBe overcomes the limitations of static video conferencing, thereby improving communication and collaboration.

Why use a telepresence robot

In recent years, telemedicine adoption has been incremental, however with the Coronavirus pandemic we have seen an international surge in its adoption because of the need to divert in-patient care to remote care. The GoBe telepresence robot allows for a multitude of functions such as:

  • Remote consultation of healthcare providers with patients and/or other healthcare providers around the world.
  • It allows healthcare providers to monitor a multitude of patients in various hospitals, remotely, in real time.
  • It allows cross-collaboration in surgery, where the GoBe Robot can be placed in the operating room and other surgeons or trainees can be part of the surgery, or provide guidance, again in real time.
  • It allows for virtual consultations in rural areas throughout Africa.
  • It is utilized as an advanced adjunct to existing telehealth programmes that were once static and can now be robotic.

The real value add of using the GoBe Robot is that the operator can turn, move, walk, converse, see, and take part in conversations as if they were physically present, without being there. This has significant advantages in healthcare as it reduces patient to healthcare provider contact in the event of an infected patient. It also reduces the need for PPE due to less in-person contact. At the core, GoBe Robots are robots for communication, social inclusion, and CO2 reductions.

How does the GoBe Robot work?

Telepresence robots go beyond a simple videoconference call because the operator has full control of what they wish to see. There is no longer a need to wait for a videoconference meeting, you can visit the individual at your convenience in real time. There is no longer a need to fly out or drive out to any location or visit a patient in an emergency, simply summons the GoBe Robot via your computer, tablet or smart phone and be there in real time to assess the situation.

Applications of the GoBe Robot in Healthcare

COVID-19 and inpatient telemedicine

COVID-19 and inpatient telemedicine

The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated dramatic changes in the practice of medicine. The utilization of inpatient telemedicine has assisted hospitals in conserving PPE and limiting bidirectional pathogen exposure.

Healthcare personnel is at higher risk of contracting SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) through the workplace. While personal protective equipment (PPE) can help prevent nosocomial transmission, constant supply shortages have left healthcare workers vulnerable. These shortages also place non-COVID-19 inpatients at risk. During previous outbreaks such as Ebola and H1N1, telemedicine proved to be a useful tool for delivering healthcare. The GoBe Robotic Telepresence device has therefore emerged as a potent protective mechanism.

Tele-neurology

Tele-neurology

In stroke telemedicine, also known as telestroke, Doctors who have advanced training in treating strokes can use technology like the GoBe Robotic Telepresence device, to treat people who have had strokes in another location.

Emergency neurology cases are more clinically complex and require specialist care. Not every hospital has a Neurologist on-site or on-call, particularly in rural areas. Obtaining a prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment recommendation increases the chances that thrombolytics can be delivered quicker, to reduce stroke-related disabilities. When it comes to stroke treatment, time is of the essence.

Tele-ICU

Tele-ICU

Tele-ICU, also known as eICU, is the diagnosis and treatment of the most critical hospital patients by a remote intensivist using technology like the GoBe Robotic Telepresence device. It makes it possible for hospitals to have access to critical care practitioners in specialized units like the ICU, NNICU, Emergency Room, or Cath-lab and be connected face-to-face in real-time.

The GoBe Robot allows teleIntensivists to do ward rounds with the patient care team, allowing them to observe the patient and discuss each patient’s condition and treatment. It is critical care on demand.

Virtual surgical collaboration

Virtual surgical collaboration

The GoBe Robot allows for virtual surgical collaboration in operating theatres, making it possible for specialists or students to be present in the OR during the procedure.

Benefits of inpatient telemedicine

Improved access to specialists in real time

Improved access to specialists in real time

Many health systems are not able to have every type of specialist available 24×7 in every hospital. The ability to perform remote patient consultations and instruct on-site physicians from a distance means that specialized care can be provided to patients without delay.

Support for rural areas

Support for rural areas

Telemedicine expands the geographical reach of every resource, getting the right care to more people. If a specialist is needed, doctors there can establish a remote connection with the right provider. This reduces the expense of moving patients to providers or bringing providers to patients.

Expanding services

Expanding services

Telemedicine allows a single expert to see many patients in many locations. This can help employ sophisticated subspecialty expertise on a broader scale to benefit more patients.

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