[Video] VGo and Amana Healthcare to Provide First Robot Experience in Middle East Hospitals
Amana Healthcare and US company VGo Communications are partnering to deliver enhanced customer experience across private hospitals the UAE by introducing interactive robots to patients and visitors.
UAE’s Amana, a specialised provider of long-term acute care, post-acute rehabilitation and home transition and respite care services and VGo, a leading provider of telepresence robotics in the United States, will join forces to introduce a team of robots in each Amana hospital.
The 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 specialised 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.
Other robots will be made available to patients and their families for use at school, at home or on special occasions.
Magi Livadaris, Vice President for Clinical Operations at Amana Healthcare, said: "We are proud to be the first healthcare provider in the Middle East to bring this cutting-edge telepresence robotics technology to the region."
"Patients at Amana Healthcare can use the robots to interact with the outside world - allowing hospitalised 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."
New Capgemini Engineering brand fuses digital and physical
With the aim of helping the world’s largest innovators to engineers the products and services of tomorrow, Capgemini has merged its tech and software capabilities with its engineering and R&D practice, the digtial and physical to form a 52,000-strong Capgemini Engineering brand. A move that builds on its acquisition a year ago of engineering giant Altran for over $3 billion.
R&D is the new battlefield
“Today’s leading organisations understand that Engineering and R&D is fast-moving and ever-evolving,” says Aiman Ezzat, CEO, Capgemini. “As a result, an end-to-end partnership with clients is need for developing, launching, managing and modernising breakthrough products.”
Enter Capgemini Engineering. A new brand that unites a unique set of strengths from across Group, bringing together the world-class engineering and R&D capabilities of Altran with Capgemini’s own digital manufacturing expertise.
According to William Roze, CEO of Capgemini Engineering, R&D is the “battlefield” and subsdquently “must be connected and data-driven to optimise innovation and accelerate development”. In answer to this, Capgemini Engineering will offer services to address this need and to “harness the power of data to foster innovation, create new customer experiences and deliver new sources of value".
Merging the expertise of the Group
With this new endeavour, Altran’s capabilities are brought to the fore, a year on from its acquisition, perfectly complementing “the Group’s already well-established portfolio of business offerings and supporting our leadership position in intelligent industry”, says Ezzat.
In fact, just in January 2021, leading global management and strategy consulting firm Zinnov ranked Capgemini as the top of its Leadership Zone for its global Engineering, Research and Development services, pinpointing how as a Group it boasts the largest global delivery network with a presence across all major engineering hubs.
With its 52,000 engineers and scientists and a presence in all major engineering hubs worldwide, the global business line’s services cover three key domains: product and systems engineering; digital and software engineering; and industrial operations.
This is the second time Capgemini has combined various practices to form an integrated powerhouse. Capgemini Invent – a strategy and business transformation consultancy was formed in 2018 by combining Capgemini’s consulting, digital and creative units.