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January 4, 2017, CES & Digital Health Summit, Las Vegas, Nevada
Revolve Robotics is pleased to announce from the Digital Health Summit at CES 2017 that Acer’s portable remote healthcare monitoring solution, Acer aBeing Wellness, will incorporate Kubi Telepresence for live, 2-way interactive video calling. Designed to be simple, portable and cost effective for in-home use, aBeing Wellness is a complete interactive remote healthcare monitoring system which provides interactive remote home visits supported by Kubi powered by Zoom Video Conferencing. It supports many IoT health and activity monitoring devices, with a real-time dashboard for caregivers to monitor multiple cases simultaneously, notifications in case of irregular readings, and live video suggestions directly from professionals. Kubi will be using Acer tablets optimized for video calling on a Kubi with enhanced audio and an HD front-facing camera. A new wireless charging mount for Kubi designed for the Acer tablet will be showcased, as well.
aBeing Wellness is part of Acer’s BYOC (Build Your Own Cloud) cloud-based healthcare platform utilizing the Acer Open Platform (AOP). Other trusted healthcare IoT device partners from the aBeing Wellness Package will also be demonstrated on-site, including world leading consumer medical device and activity tracker brands. Successful pilots have been completed in Taiwan and Acer and Revolve Robotics are looking for homecare and healthcare providers interested in evaluating and adopting the solution.
Acer aBeing Wellness demos are available from January 5 to 7th by appointment only. To schedule a demo, please contact us at [email protected]
About Kubi by Revolve Robotics
Founded in 2013 by robotic entrepreneurs Marcus Rosenthal and Ilya Polyakov, Revolve Robotics is one of the world’s leading innovators in robotic telepresence. Revolve Robotics flagship product is Kubi Telepresence that provides a simple, engaging, interactive, portable, and cost-effective solution to distant human interaction for healthcare, education, and business applications. Kubi combines video conferencing software, a tablet, and the cloud-controlled Kubi robot, which enables remote callers to be present by moving the tablet to interact as if they were turning their own head. Kubi means “neck” in Japanese, and it is a robotic tablet stand that gives you the freedom to interact while video conferencing. Revolve Robotics is a privately held company based in San Francisco. For more information, please visit us at www.kubi.me and follow us @meetkubi.
Dr. Deborah A. Jeffries (Dr. Deb)
Director of Healthcare Sales, Revolve Robotics
Dr. Deb uses her 25 years in medicine, patient care, education, physics, telemedicine, and information systems to assist customers
At this time of year, I think about the many things for which I am thankful. Friends, family, good health and a great horse (my exercise partner). Recently, I saw the announcement of the passage of the ECHO bill (S.2873) and this made me realize how lucky I am to have been in the healthcare/telemedicine industry for the last 15+ years, and how happy I am about the success of Project ECHO. I was originally introduced to the community of healthcare providers who supported and pioneered what was then referred to as telemedicine (now we also think of telehealth and collaborative care) when I joined AMD Global Telemedicine, and attended my first ATA. I met remarkable, dedicated passionate people who worked to bring the best care to those who were remote, rural and underserved.
Many of the big telemedicine programs were well represented at the annual ATA (American Telemedicine Association) meeting, including the folks from the ECHO project (which originated in New Mexico).
Over the years I have attend the annual meeting and enjoyed seeing friends and building new relationships at the event. I was privileged to meet so many kind and amazing people who were working very hard to bring necessary medical services to areas in need of specialty services and expert consults. Patients and services were frequently separated by distance and availability. Telemedicine was a way to connect experts over video to those who were without local care or expertise. In the early days, the network was shaky, the equipment was expensive and hard to use, and the reimbursement landscape was a quagmire.
Today we still face challenges, but there has been a shift in the healthcare model and many tangible technology changes that better enable us to bridge the gap in care, remove geographic limitations and support collaborative healthcare teams. We now have:
In addition we have seen a shift to a patient centered, collaboratively based prevention and wellness oriented healthcare system. This shift is necessary to address the challenges presented by an aging population, skyrocketing cost of care, and the need for accessing a limited geographically dispersed base of providers/specialists. Given the advancement in networks, video cloud offerings and affordable endpoint control, we now see collaborative video used to support things like:
Project ECHO is a great example of how you can use technology (cloud based video provided by ZOOM) to facilitate the transfer of knowledge from the hub based experts to the front line primary care providers to deliver cost effective, accessible care. The providers feel more connected, have access to the latest innovations and best practices, and can deliver a wider service offering. This enables their patients to benefit from the expert knowledge in a timely fashion while avoiding travel and the inconvenience of leaving their community. Patients with complicated diseases like CHF, COPD, Diabetes, Pain management, Hep C, HIV, the list goes on and on, can receive the care they need, when they need it and from their community based provider.
Dr. Deb Jeffries
Mobile telepresence is creating endless opportunities for remote collaboration. What used to be confined to boardrooms and designated meeting spaces is now possible from almost any location. We designed KUBI as a portable communication tool that works hand in hand with mobile devices to enhance the user experience on either end of the call. But KUBI’s usefulness is not limited to the conference room. Here are just a few unique ways KUBI is already being implemented outside tablet videoconferencing:
An early application we explored with KUBI which has become vital to daily operations at Revolve is the “always available” collaboration portal. The concept is simple: keep a KUBI in a central office location with a constantly running video feed. Remote workers can enter and exit the video meeting to communicate with team members here in the office right on the spot. Impromptu discussions and ad-hoc meetings are the norm for a startup business like ours, and we’ve found that having an “always available” portal extends the spirit of spontaneous creativity and collaboration beyond the office walls.
We use KUBI for this purpose on a daily basis to connect with our Sales Manager on the East Coast and even a marketing team member who relocated Puerto Rico for the summer! The ability to remotely control pan and tilt camera function has been a real time saver. With a KUBI placed in the middle of our workspace, our remote employees can be face to face with anyone on our local team within a few mouse clicks!
One of our customers, a prominent healthcare provider on the West coast, is investigating several avenues for using KUBI to improve the quality of care they can provide to patients. Some of the uses they are currently exploring include:
Video Interpreters – In hospitals with a diverse patient base, language barriers often make clear communication between doctors, patients and family members difficult. KUBI used in conjunction with off site language interpretation services could allow doctors to transcend those language barriers and give more personal care to patients and their families.
In Home Care – In certain cases, patients could take a KUBI home to reduce the extent of their hospital stay, or eliminate the need for a stay completely. Doctors and nurses could use KUBI to check in on the patient, give them specific instructions regarding medication and dosage, or gain valuable information about the patient’s living situation that might prove helpful during in-person visits.
There are other companies developing medical specific telepresence kits and take home devices for remote patient monitoring and communication, and we are not arguing that KUBI could replace the need for medical equipment or in-person doctor patient communication. However, under certain circumstances KUBI could provide an affordable and convenient alternative. It does not require special hardware or software installation and works with tablets, which most patients and doctors are familiar with.
We have several customers actively testing our Hacker Edition KUBI units in learning environments. Telepresence has already become a potent tool for education, but KUBI takes the interaction beyond simple videoconferencing, bringing a measure of control that allows for close observation by professors and more meaningful communication with students.
In one scenario, a KUBI placed beside a lab bench in a chemistry class would allow the professor to monitor and assist students with their lab work remotely. This would not only benefit an on site professor, who might otherwise be scrambling between students to answer simple questions, but it would give students more face to face time with their teacher.
KUBI also opens up the opportunity for students to communicate with guest professors from other institutions. This model–far from being limited to lab benches–would give students access to high level education even if the closest University is hundreds of miles away.
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Building upon this positive assertion, telecommunications companies are racing to find new ways for patients and doctors to connect, regardless of the distance between them. Whenever travel expenses, geographic location, lack of time, cost issues or patient satisfaction present challenges to providing quality healthcare, telemedicine is emerging as an elegant solution.
Spurred by the widespread development of high quality, affordable video conferencing equipment and software, a number of companies have been exploring new and innovative ways to give remote care to patients in the U.S. and abroad. We’ll take this opportunity to highlight a few promising cases, and discuss the exciting possibilities emerging in the field.
One of the more amazing accomplishments in the realm of TeleHealth is the ability to connect qualified healthcare professionals with patients in extremely remote locations, many of which have no electricity or internet capabilities.
VSee has come up with a compact, portable and effective solution that combines the latest in telepresence equipment with standard medical devices such as ultrasounds, dermascopes, otoscopes, stethoscopes, and EKG monitors. Their Telemedicine Kit has already been deployed in Gabon, Africa where patients are now getting much needed care from doctors and specialists that may be thousands of miles away.
This is an extreme example, but the success of VSee’s Telemedicine Kit in Africa demonstrates that telepresence can be an effective solution for administering care any time geographic location or mobility is an issue.
Orlando Health has taken a very different route with similar telepresence technology. Like VSee, they have designed a portable, self contained videoconferencing box that integrates with simple medical devices such as blood-pressure cuffs and pulse oximeters. Their goal is to reduce overall costs for patients and hospitals by minimizing inpatient admissions related to certain conditions.
So far, the reaction from patients has been positive. They are happy to be at home while receiving the same standard of care they would be getting if they were admitted to the hospital.
One of the main objections people seem to have with telepresence in medicine is a fear of losing the “personal connection” between doctors and patients. Orlando Health is proving the exact opposite. Their system enables doctors and nurses to spend more one on one time with patients, monitor their condition more closely and provide direct, timely response when needed, while the patient remains in the comfort of their own home.
Telepresence isn’t just being used to connect doctors and patients. It also allows doctors to communicate with other doctors for support, education, or cases where specialized treatment is needed but not readily available.
Since 2009, Avera’s eEmergency program has been providing support to clinicians in rural areas around the United States. Using video conferencing technology, local doctors are able to communicate with board certified emergency medical physicians for help diagnosing and treating a variety of critical conditions. The program is saving lives, and saving money by reducing the need for patient transfers between hospitals.
When a patient is in critical condition, seconds can save lives. In many rural areas patients are far away from, or simply do not have access to the level of care they need. Telepresence gives local doctors access to support on demand, enabling better care, faster, with less complication.
The main objective of video conferencing technology has always been to improve communication and understanding over great distances. The more ubiquitous and inexpensive the technology becomes, the more valuable it is to our society as a whole. These few examples only scratch the surface of what is possible with telepresence in the medical field, and the results are overwhelmingly positive. By leaps and bounds telepresence has been changing the face of modern medical care, but has yet to achieve mainstream acceptance.