UST, DOST to deploy LISA robots to lessen COVID-19 risks for health workers

COVID-19 LISA robots
LISA Robots will soon serve hospitals. Photo from The Varsitarian.

The University of Santo Tomas (UST) has designed a robot to help in the fight against COVID-19.

Meet “LISA” (Logistic Indoor Service Assistant), a robot designed by UST Engineering Assistant Professor Anthony James Bautista and UST cardiologist Rodrigo Santos. The Thomasians put their minds and their expertise together to answer the need to protect and ease the burden of health workers by lessening the risks as they attend to infectious patients.

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LISA is designed to assist health care providers by minimizing their physical and direct contact with coronavirus disease patients. The lesser interaction also helps reduce the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

The LISA robot is set on a mobile base and controlled via remote, allowing it to move in different directions. LISA allows health frontliners to deliver medicine and communicate with patients from a remote place.

The robot uses a tablet device with internet-based communication platforms like Zoom, Viber, or FaceTime, that are used as a means of communication between health care provider and patients.

The Department of Science and Technology Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST – PCIEERD) has shown keen interest in LISA, providing funding for the project for 3 months, and has requested 4 units that will be used by four hospitals in the future.

LISA is still in the pilot testing stage but with the help and support from DOST PCIEERD, they anticipate being able to put in improvements on the hospital assistant robots, which they hope to roll out before May.

UP-PGH and DOST have also collaborated to develop the RxBox vital signs monitor to help lessen risks for health workers caring for COVID-19 patients.

The UP-PGH had also recently set up Tele-Kumusta electronic visit to cheer up COVID-19 patients, families.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to UST and DOST for collaborating to deploy LISA robot hospital assistants to help lessen risks for health workers.

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