Nursing homes may use robots

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Three state-run veterans' nursing homes in Kentucky might be receiving some robotic backup, courtesy of the University of Louisville.

The robots feature a video camera, microphone and LCD screen so doctors at the university can control them remotely using just a computer and a joystick. Specialists at the university can steer the robots up to a patient's bed and conduct exams. Nursing home residents would no longer need to travel to universities or big cities to get the care they need, the university maintains.  

About ten robots from the university have already been placed at hospitals and care facilities throughout Kentucky, mostly in rural and outlying areas, to assist doctors with pediatric, cardiological and neo-natal concerns. The state Legislature has not yet passed legislation authorizing the project for the nursing homes.