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Noida hospital deploys robot to patrol its wards

By Tanisha Jindal

Yatharth Super Speciality Hospital, Noida, deployed a customer-service robot to patrol its wards. The robot namely, Mitra, helps coronavirus patients in connecting with their friends and relatives. Mitra means "friend" in Hindi, it is best known for interacting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an event in 2017.

Its piercing eyes are fitted with facial recognition technology to enable it to recall people, the one it has previously interacted with. A tablet affixed to Mitra's chest helps patients to have a glimpse of their loved ones and the medical staff when it is unable to access their wards.

The robot is assembled by Bengaluru-based start-up Invento Robotics. It cost Rs 10 lakh to the hospital as per Yatharth Tyagi who is a director of the company that runs the hospital. He also added that Mitra is used for remote consultations with doctors to lower their risk of getting infected as well.

Dr. Arun Lakhanpal, a doctor at the Yatharth Super Speciality Hospital in Noida Extension said that it takes a lot of time to heal from the virus, and during this time patients need their families the most as they are also unable to pay a visit to them. And Mitra is mostly used by patients who are not competent to communicate using their mobile phones.


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