Where video phone calls were once a figment of sci-fi, now everyone can Skype, Facetime, or VideoChat. Telepresence has come along way, and yet still promises to have an exciting future. When it comes to medicine, telepresence offers a great deal of exciting opportunities. However, many doctors don’t work in clean, neat conditions.
For Military Medics, telemedicine technology just got real.
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The LifeBot 5 is a 15-pound portable all-in-one telemedicine hud, designed to work in rugged hazardous conditions. The LifeBot can track heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure and even take electrocardiograph (ECG) and Ultrasound imagery. Doctors can read the data and send instruction back to field medics all in real time.
The device allows field medics to consult with doctors or experts in other parts of the world and even has audio and video connections to other medical units for second opinions on the battle field during emergency situations.
The system was originally developed thanks to a $14 million USD grant from the Department of Defence via the Telemedicine and Technology Research Center. LifeBot 6 is currently in the works and according to the company will include a defribillator and be even smaller.[via LifeBot]