UST engineer invents robot to lessen physical contact bet. frontliners, patients

UST engineer invents robot to lessen physical contact bet. frontliners, patients




It has been traditionally known that the University of Santo Tomas has been the barometer with respect to its nursing graduates and its medical doctors, all of which are on deck in the different hospitals all over the country as we handle this novel coronavirus 2019 disease or COVID-19.

But another Thomasian alumni is making his mark in the field of robotics in his bid to help the country defeat this disease which is making all over the world.


Thomasian Engineer Anthony James Bautistainvented an assistant robot specifically designed to minimize physical contact with COVID-19 patients and hospitals staffers.

(photo credit to owner)




The manual Logistic Indoor Service Assistance (LISA) telepresence robot is equipped with a smart tablet and has a mobile base that can be controlled remotely, the UST Hospital Department of Medical Education and Research said on its Facebook post.

The said tablet is included to allow communication between patients and health workers via internet-based available platforms such as Skype, Viber, and FaceTime.

LISA also has a compartment box that allows the delivery of medicines to conscious and stable patients.


“LISA was deployed for a pilot run on April 9 at the UST Hospital,” the UST Hospital Department of Medical Education and Research said on Facebook.

Bautista
, said in an interview with the ABS-CBN news channel ANC, despite the good feedback from the doctors who tested LISA, the robot is still set to be modified. For one, he specified that the wheels still need some improvements to allow for smoother navigation.


The enhanced community quarantine resulted to the limited available resources, which explains the improvements can still be dome with LISA.

“I only used yung mga (the) readily available components in my laboratory and that is where we came up with this design of the LISA robot,” he said in the interview.








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