Meet Amica, Our New Hospital Robot!

Amica our new hospital robot

Amica our new hospital robotNot just a high-tech novelty, Amica— Latin for friend— is a vital presence at SWMC, helping to facilitate several aspects of patient care while utilizing a secure, highly reliable Cloud-based network. Amica memorizes the location of every patient in the hospital. Responding immediately to a request given via the touch of a screen or the voice of a nurse or doctor, Amica will travel independently, rolling quietly down the halls and into a patient’s room without bumping into people or knocking down IV stands. Amica uses facial recognition and ID bracelet scans to identify the patient before transmitting critical information to hospital clinicians. This helps doctors and nurses monitor the patient’s condition and coordinate care.

The Robot at WorkAmica can also facilitate care by bringing together a patient’s multidisciplinary healthcare team—both physically and remotely— to allow a group audio-video consultation in order to assess and discuss the patient’s needs. Amica’s remote access abilities also allows family members to communicate directly with patients and their doctors to make crucial healthcare decisions together. Amica can also provide patients with instructional videos related to their care and discharge.

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  1. Janice Callahan, RN says:

    Telemedicine offers an exciting new modality which benefits direct patient assessment and care. On my very first day of employment at the former Palm Drive Hospital two years ago, my ICU patient developed seizure activity and an abnormal rhythm which was challenging to diagnose and treat. We employed the use of the “robot” to interface with an off-site critical care physician who was able to remotely view both the patient and the bedside cardiac monitor and quickly diagnose the potentially malignant arrhythmia. The result? The medical team was able to treat the patient quickly and effectively and stabilize her for immediate transfer to a facility that offered a higher level of cardiac care for life-saving intervention. Kudos to Dr. James Gude for introducing this amazing technology to the medical team. Welcome, Amica!


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