This week on Health Tech Weekly we take a look at health technology helping sick and injured children stay in school. One Oklahoma boy facing costly bone marrow transplants in another state will be able to attend his class thanks to an amazing telepresence robot. The robot gives him the ability to see his classmates and control the robot’s movement while it is in the classroom. His classmates can even see his face on the attached monitor.
Telepresence Robot Changes Boy’s Life
This first grader is the first child in Oklahoma to take advantage of such a device. His school was having a lot of difficulty managing his education around his illness. They had to send special teachers to his home and arrange special tutoring in between his class times. This all changed when they found this telepresence robot.
I see this tool changing the way any of us can attend special events even when we are sick, but it is especially useful for the chronically ill, providing them the ability to attend school or even attend work. The robot is controlled via an Internet connection so it can be controlled from hundreds of miles away.
No More Work Sick Days?
This is really useful for this young boy because he has to travel to Colorado for his bone marrow transplant but he’ll still be able to attend classes in between treatments. We think about robots in many ways but not often as legitimate standings for us when we are not feeling well this could change the way we handle sick days at work in the future. Stay tuned for updates on this here at Health Tech Weekly in the future.
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