The Remote Presence Robots in use at Saint Alphonsus were developed by InTouch Health Inc. The robotic system is comprised of the RP-7 Robot, ControlStation, and RP Connectivity Service. The Remote Presence technology is a web-based, wireless platform that can be accessed wherever Internet service is available. In essence, the technology allows physicians and other health care providers to be two places at once.
Dual-screen desktop computers and laptops equipped with a microphone, speaker, joystick, camera, and the Remote Presence software are used to control the Robot.
This technology allows physicians and other health care providers to be remotely present with patients, family and friends, and medical professionals. This technology provides a mechanism to extend the expertise of Saint Alphonsus specialists to multiple partnering hospitals that would otherwise lack specialty services. Additionally, this program enhances the consultative services that specialists at Saint Alphonsus are able to provide internally.