Maplewood Senior Living, in collaboration with Advanced Telemedicine Group, announces a pilot program leveraging AI-enabled Temi robots to enhance the accessibility and quality of geriatric care. This collaboration aims to enhance the delivery of virtual geriatric consultations, addressing the growing need for remote healthcare services and improving the well-being of older adults.
Maplewood Senior Living recently conducted the first robot-assisted geriatric consultation, in collaboration with Dr. Kathleen Rogers, Chief of Geriatric Services at Cleveland Clinic Akron General.
Temi robots – which can be controlled remotely by a physician – are equipped with medical peripherals, such as stethoscopes, pulse oximeters and blood pressure cuffs. The physician virtually “drives” the Temi into the resident’s apartment and from there, they can perform a full, head-to-toe assessment of the resident. They can also assess the resident’s environment by moving the Temi around the space and patch in other providers or family members. Once the appointment has been completed, the Temi can autonomously drive to the next appointment, or go to its base station to charge up.
Morgan Iorio, BSN, CDP, Corporate Director of Business Development & Reputation Management at Maplewood Senior Living, emphasized the importance of this collaboration, stating: “Temi represents a pivotal moment in geriatric care. Access to specialized geriatric services is often delayed by insufficient availability and local resources, which can adversely impact our seniors. I am thrilled about the opportunity for immediate virtual visits, revolutionizing the way we deliver care to our older adults.”
The use of Temi robots will extend the reach of geriatric care, ensuring that older adults residing in Maplewood Senior Living communities have access to specialized healthcare services regardless of their location. This will significantly enhance their overall well-being and quality of life.
The intuitive interface and interactive capabilities of the Temi robots will foster effective communication between patients, healthcare professionals, and caregivers. This will facilitate comprehensive assessments, personalized care plans, and timely interventions, leading to improved health outcomes.
The implementation of virtual geriatric consultations will streamline the care delivery process, reducing the need for unnecessary hospital visits and enabling healthcare professionals to allocate their time and resources more efficiently. This optimized approach will benefit both patients and healthcare providers.
“The demand for geriatric care has seen a significant rise in recent years, driven by factors such as an aging population and limited access to specialized healthcare in certain areas,” said Brian Geyser, Vice President of Health and Wellness at Maplewood Senior Living. “Virtual geriatric consults have emerged as a crucial solution to bridge this gap, allowing older adults to receive expert guidance from the comfort of their own homes. However, there are challenges associated with the implementation of virtual care, including the need for user-friendly interfaces and effective communication tools, which this aims to address.”
Dr. Rogers will provide medical guidance and clinical oversight throughout the pilot program. Her commitment to advancing patient care and improving health outcomes will ensure the high standards of virtual geriatric consultations.