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China Opened An Entire Hospital Staffed With Robots

Victor Tangermann, Futurism

The facility, dubbed the Smart Field Hospital, carried out basic screening tasks such as tracking temperature, heart rate and blood oxygen levels, taken care of by robots, courtesy of Beijing-based startup CloudMinds.

To give massively overworked healthcare workers a much-needed break, CNBC reports, China tried something new: staffing an entire field hospital with robots.

The goal: minimize the spread of infection since robots can be easily disinfected and cannot carry diseases, according to the startup’s founder.

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Patients wore smart bracelets to track their vitals. Other robots tended to patients by bringing them food and drink, as well as medicine. Some robots put on a little dance to keep patients entertained.

A team of researchers even successfully demonstrated a robot that can swab patients’ throats remotely, minimizing contact for healthcare workers at the hospital.

“Doctors have found the robots and smart devices helpful in monitoring patient vital signs remotely without direct contact,” CloudMinds founder and CEO Bill Huang told CNBC.

Read the full story on Futurism

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