Ark City Chamber Welcomes Dr. Roboto
July 30, 2015
Approximately forty people braved the morning rain showers to listen to Dr. Brian Hunt with Sunflower Telehospitalists LLC at South Central Kansas Medical Center Thursday morning.
Arkansas City, KS – Approximately forty people braved the morning rain showers to listen to Dr. Brian Hunt with Sunflower Telehospitalists LLC at South Central Kansas Medical Center Thursday morning. Dr. Hunt demonstrated the capabilities of the hospital’s newest program, telemedicine through the use of remote computer technology.
The new equipment has been named “Dr. Roboto” by the hospital staff, and allows patients, nurses, and local physicians access to a hospitalist physician 24-hours a day.
Dr. Hunt, who is originally from Ark City, answered several questions about the new service, showed a video of the technology at work in a patient care setting, and had a colleague from Atlanta Georgia “beam on” briefly to greet those in attendance.
The event was coordinated through a partnership with the Arkansas City Chamber of Commerce, with Chamber CEO Sydney Bland hosting.
While the concept of telemedicine has been used in a variety of healthcare applications for sometime, using remote systems to interact directly with a physician will be a new experience for most patients. That is why hospital officials felt it was important to have Dr. Hunt available to answer any questions that the public may have regarding how the new technology will enhance patient care.
“The turnout was great,” said Clayton Pappan, SCKMC’s Chief Marketing Officer. “We are glad to see so many within the community take an interest in Dr. Roboto. Programs like this really do enhance our patient’s care, and we believe telemedicine is an important piece for the future of rural healthcare.”
The telehospitalist service will begin at SCKMC on August 3rd.
Pictured: Arkansas City Chamber of Commerce CEO Sydney Bland welcomes a crowd gathered at South Central Kansas Medical Center Medical to learn more about a telehospitalist robot, soon to be used at the hospital.