The RP-VITA, made by iRobot and InTouch Health, allows doctors to remotely connect with patients through an iPad interface.

The RP-VITA Remote Presence Robot, made by iRobot and InTouch Health, has been cleared by the FDA to be used in hospitals. It is the first autonomous navigation robot to gain FDA approval, which is a pivotal move that signals the future of telepresence and robots in health.

The robot allows doctors to remotely connect with patients through an iPad interface, navigating the halls of the hospital without needing to be escorted by anyone. It maps the environment and uses sensors to autonomously move around, even in busy areas.

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