Amana Healthcare, a specialized provider of long-term acute care, post-acute rehabilitation and home transition and respite care services in the United Arab Emirates, announced a partnership with VGo Communications, a leading provider of telepresence robotics in the United States.

“We are proud to be the first healthcare provider in the Middle East to bring this cutting-edge telepresence robotics technology to the region,” said Magi Livadaris, Vice President for Clinical Operations at Amana Healthcare. “Patients at Amana Healthcare can use the robots to interact with the outside world – allowing hospitalized children to attend school remotely or patients in an overseas hospital to choose their room or interact with specialists at Amana Healthcare before returning home. And families can use the same robotic solution to visit and virtually connect with their loved ones at Amana Healthcare, whether from home or abroad.”

Amana Healthcare’s telepresence robots are controlled using a simple interface that allows the operator – whether a patient, a family member or a health professional – to drive the robot and interact by video and audio with people in a remote location. A team of robots will remain in each of Amana Healthcare’s hospitals – allowing doctors and family members to “call in” to Amana remotely – while others will be made available to patients and their families for use at school, at home or on special occasions.

A specialized interface allows even the most disabled patients to control the robot – giving them the freedom to explore their homes and participate in social and community activities without leaving the safety of their ICU or hospital bed.

“Technological innovation is central to Amana Healthcare’s mission to deliver world-class care to its patients – and Partnering with VGo, one of the world’s top telepresence robotics firms, gives patients at Amana Healthcare the benefit of the same technology used at world-famous hospitals such as Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Children’s Hospital and the Mayo Clinic,” said Ali A. Hashemi, Director at Amana Healthcare. “It also allows us to take full advantage of opportunities created by the telemedicine standard recently introduced by the Health Authority of Abu Dhabi.”

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