Remote Presence Robot at Medical City Plano

Medical City Plano’s stroke specialists use the InTouch Health® RP-7 — a wireless, mobile, remote presence robot — to expedite the evaluation and treatment of stroke patients. During an acute stroke, almost 2 million brain cells die each minute. That means every second counts. Stroke patients must be treated as quickly as possible to maximize chances of survival and minimize brain damage.

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This telemedicine technology allows physicians to essentially be in two places at once. All of the Brain & Spine Hospital's neurologists can remotely connect to the robot from anywhere, anytime, using a secure Internet connection. When a potential stroke patient enters our Emergency Department, the neurologist on call is notified and logs into the system from a secured computer. Within minutes, the physician is evaluating the patient for stroke — a response often faster than if the neurologist was already in the hospital.

Under the direct control of a physician, the RP-7 robot moves untethered, allowing the doctor to freely interact with patients, family members and hospital staff. Using this technology, physicians can perform a full neurological exam in real-time and determine treatment from miles away.

Using Innovative Technology to Treat Stroke Patients

Medical City Plano’s neurologists also use the robot to:

  • Discuss a patient's status at the nurses' station
  • Drive into the patient room
  • Observe patient behavior
  • Review X-rays and computed tomography (CT) scans
  • Discuss care with the patient and/or family members
  • Return to the nurses' station to give orders or discuss next steps

Medical City Plano is the first and only hospital in Collin County (and one of just a few in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex) to offer this level of robotic technology.