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Telemedicine Robot Helps Doctors in Rural Missouri

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FARMINGTON, MO. (KMOX) — Well, it’s not exactly the Jetsons and their robot Rosie, but we’re getting closer.

A new telemedicine robot is helping bring the latest medical advice to a community hospital in rural Missouri.

This new robot — housed at Parkland Health Center in Farmington — can roll up to a patient’s bedside — and with a camera, microphone and TV screen — provide instant video conferencing with stroke specialists at Barnes Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.

“What it really does is kind of expand our ability to provide care to centers remotely,” Dr. Peter Panagos said. “It’s a two-way video from the patients bedside and the practitioner.”

Dr. Panagos is co-director of the Barnes Jewish Acute Stroke CareTeam.

If successful, similar robots may be placed at other hospitals in the region.

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