School of Nursing Pilots New Interactive Telepresence Robot

The School of Nursing recently got the opportunity to pilot a new interactive "telepresence robot" technology that could create a new genre of learning in medicine, and informatics.

Through the use of the Internet-enabled, two-way-video-streaming automatons, we are developing new ways to engage chronically and critically ill children with normal school and social activities.

The robots, which have wheels for feet and a screen showing the child’s face at the top of a vertical “body," act as surrogates allowing the homebound student to interact with peers.

"By controlling the device with a laptop or tablet, a student at home can see and hear everything in the classroom. They can talk with friends and the teacher, even 'raise his or her hand' via flashing lights to ask or answer questions. Through these innovative new devices, students who were once isolated due to illness, can now move around, engage with friends, even go on field trips," said Clinical Professor Susan Tiso, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, FAANP, director of the Masters and Nurse Practitioner programs at the school of nursing.

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