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Paging Dr. Frischer – “Computer Hospital Intensive Care Operator”
The Downey Patriot

The doctor was controlled by a joystick, moved on three wheels, had a built-in stethoscope, and a flat screen as a face. Chico (a far more manageable name than “Computer Hospital Intensive Care Operator”) allowed doctors and other medical workers at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital to virtually examine patients, speak to them, and access their digital files – even from miles away. As our population ages, and the healthcare professional shortage becomes even more serious, video-conferencing robots like Chico may represent one face of medicine’s future.