SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (May 01, 2008)

The RP-7 Remote Presence SystemMemorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital have begun using an innovative robotic technology that will allow physicians to remotely view stroke patients from their office, home or other sites within the hospital.

"We are excited to have this new technology at our Campus," said Sonja Hagel, chief executive officer of Memorial Hermann Southwest. "The use of this state-of-the-art technology will result in greater patient and physician satisfaction by making it easier to provide patient care."

The RP-7 Remote Presence System features two-way video capability that physicians can use to remotely view and communicate with patients. Physicians can move the camera around the patient's room and zoom in to view monitors and other data sources. Doctors can use the camera for visual consultation with other physicians and with nurses.

Emergency Center staff and physicians will begin training on the new technology this month. One aspect of training is to learn how to deliver a clear and consistent message to patients and their families on the use and advantages of the robot.

"The robot will be particularly useful in our Emergency Departments, for emergency consults and for physician rounds," said Jim Brown, CEO of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land. "It will also help us maintain our Level III stroke center certification by supporting the telemedicine program that links us to neurologists at the Stroke Center at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center."