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New robot is helping doctors in Torrington

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A new robot at Community Hospital in Torrington is helping doctors access stroke patients... All while being in another state.

Community Hospital has partnered with Swedish Medical Center in Denver on their new "tele–stroke" program. This 24/7 technology uses a two–way communication video system to provide patients immediate, around–the–clock access to neurologists in Denver who are experts in stroke care.

The neurologists control a camera at a patient's bedside to examine the person and talk to family members and care providers, just like if they were in the room. With a joystick-like device they are able to rotate and zoom in to see the patient as close as needed.

Darren Haller, a representative for InTouch, the company that runs the systems says that it will be beneficial in more ways than one.

"The Community Hospital there is kind of put to the task of community awareness on stroke because in those outlying regions the whole preface is to make sure that your community members know how to look at somebody and know that they're having a stoke," says Haller.

Most importantly the neurologist not only assesses a patient, but provides a consultation on the future care of the individual.

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