But the future is now at Elmhurst Hospital: meet Moxi the robot.
“With the events of the past two years, our nursing staff have been extremely overstretched and jobs have been difficult,” said Hiral Patel, Edward-Elmhurst Health.
Moxie can do many of the errands that previously took up valuable time and steps for nurses and nursing assistants. Patient care technician Tom Angelo often walked 25,000 steps a day.
“I literally ran a half marathon. It will help us tremendously in providing patient care,” he said.
When Moxi goes to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription, she can unlock the doors with her code with a wave of her hand. She can also take the elevator. When she arrives at the pharmacy, the pharmacist can check her instructions on the screen placed on her chest, then open a secure compartment to deposit the medicine.
With Moxi at work, nurses can focus on what they do best.
“That’s what we want nurses to focus on, taking care of patients,” Patel said.
Moxi is pre-programmed with a hospital diagram to help her get around. She does not interact with patients in their rooms, but they do meet her in the hallways.
“It’s fun. She’s got a little personality,” registered nurse Diane Betts said.
Currently, Moxi and her twin sister, also named Moxi and who are both in Elmhurst Hospital, are the only robots living in the Midwest. Other hospitals are in development with similar models and it is likely that we will see more Moxis in hospitals very soon.
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