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Introducing OLBH's Stroke Robot

OLBH is partnering with St. Mary’s Regional Neuroscience and Stroke Center and have acquired a RP-7 Remote Presence Robotic System to make stroke care more accessible and efficient.

The RP-7 ™ Robot (invented, designed and manufactured by InTouch Health, Santa Barbara, California) through the utilization of a secure, wireless, broadband internet connection can provide physician care to patients in another location. Within moments of a request for medical consultation in Ashland, neurologist Carl McComas, M.D., will be seated at a St. Mary’s computer control station connected via a secure internet connection to the robot located in the OLBH Emergency Room to conduct a remote examination.

“The partnership with St. Mary’s Medical Center will create better stroke diagnoses, and allow our patients to remain close to home,” OLBH CEO Kevin Halter, said. “This technology is a commitment to patients by providing access to advanced stroke care.”

The RP-7 Robot utilizes Virtually There technology. Virtually There incorporates a camera with pan, tilt and zoom features that provide the remote medical professional the ability to easily interact with patients, observe vital signs and zoom to read a chart or examine a wound.  “Because the Virtually There technology is two-way, our patients, their families and hospital staff are just as connected to the Huntington-based neurologist as the doctor is with us,” said OLBH stroke medical director Melissa Smith, D.O. “The robot allows for everyone to see and hear one another and for the physician to make a diagnosis in the same way as if that doctor were actually in the room.”

For more information on stroke care at OLBH, visit or call the OLBH CareLine at (606) 833-CARE (2273.)

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