Museum of Life and Science in Durham to feature Intouch Health’s RP-7 ® telemedicine robot

DURHAM, N.C. — There’s a robotic doctor making a house call to the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, on Saturday, March 20. The event Robot Rumble will feature several robotics companies including Intouch Health’s RP-7 ® telemedicine robot, presented by Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center’s Telestroke Network. This advanced medical technology robot is not only changing how physicians interact with patients, but the technology is helping to save lives. It allows critically ill patients at rural hospitals to receive care from specialists that may be hundreds of miles away, or in another county. This will be the RP-7’s first public appearance outside of a hospital setting in North Carolina.

Through the use of the internet, board certified vascular neurologists at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center’s Telestroke Network can use the robots for two-way live video and audio consultation to treat stroke patients at several of its partnering rural hospitals. By using a remote, doctors can maneuver the robot through the halls of a hospital to a patient’s room and can even zoom in on a patient, listen to his heart beat, examine x-rays, and also talk with the patient and the onsite medical team. The patient can even see the physician’s face, which is projected onto a monitor which serves as the head of the robot.

Currently Wake Forest Baptist Telestroke Network serves approximately 24 counties in western North Carolina and southern Virginia. It has three robots deployed in three hospitals including Lexington Memorial Hospital, Wilkes Regional Medical Center and Ashe Memorial Hospital. It is one of 250 hospitals internationally using the remote presence system to provide care to patients at distant hospitals.

Visitors to the Museum for the Robot Rumble event can also expect to see Carolina Combat Robots battle it out in robot hockey. Insight Robotics will be there with its new autonomous robot and will share information about its thrilling venture with Team Stellar to create a robot to land on the moon. SuperDroid Robots is showcasing its latest tactical surveillance robots for SWAT, military and law enforcement. Team Rex, the state champs for the North Carolina Lego FIRST competition as well as other Lego teams will be present showing off their skills, while IBM will demonstrate a variety of dancing robots. The hands-on activities that are planned for the general public throughout the day are included in the price of admission.

To learn more about Robot Rumble, visit or call 919.220.5429. The Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina’s top attractions. It is located at 433 W. Murray Avenue in Durham. Hours: Mon. through Sat. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.; closed on Monday from mid-September through mid-December

Cost: $12.50 for adults, $10.50 for seniors (age 65 and older) and active military with a valid ID, $9.50 for children ages 3 – 12 and free for under 3; group rates available – free parking
CONTACT: Taneka Bennett
919.220.5429 ext. 323
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