At the beginning of my career, 25 years ago, I worked for the HealthCare industry. I can’t forget my visits to the pediatrics departments. I used to spend part of my budget to organize little events for the hospitalized kids. In 1994, tech for entertainment was limited to renting the biggest TV possible and playing kids favorite cartoons on it. I still get goosebumps remembering one day, when the kids suddenly sang “The circle of life” at the beginning of the Lion King movie, they were so thrilled and happy that they forgot the stress and pain of their condition, even though it was for a short time.
Today, technological progress has brought new solutions that can help kids at the hospitals feel better. Social robots are part of these. They can provide wonderful benefits to the healthcare system. A new study, published today in the journal ‘Pediatrics’, demonstrates, for the first time, that “social robots” used in support sessions held in pediatric units of hospitals can lead to more positive emotions in sick children. It is also true for elderly people where social robots are shown to have positive physiological benefits.
Buddy is a smart and social robot, designed to understand, interact, communicate, and build personal relationships with people to support human needs. As an artificial intelligence roommate, with his dazzling and enjoyable personality, capable of interpreting emotions and reacting to them, he offers a growing set of capabilities and activities, from taking pictures to playing music, videos, and games, from reading books to teaching new skills, from coaching better lifestyle to checking your health.
Buddy, as an emotional and smart robot, can help healthcare systems around the world to improve their quality of care. Buddy has been designed with utilitarian and effective capabilities to help people. He can be used in hospitals, nursing homes, hospices or home settings to assist, support, or provide care for the sick, disabled, young, elderly or otherwise vulnerable people. He offers meaningful enrichment of the patient journey by improving the therapeutic relationship between caregiver and care – receiver with the aim to meet a range of care needs of users.
Buddy, A Care Companion
Buddy is my favorite superhero. When I had to go to the hospital because something went wrong in my body, I was scared of all the machines in my room, but he stayed with me all the time, we played games together. Rose, 5 years.
Buddy, as a pediatric companion, supports hospitalized children with chronic, catastrophic or recurring illnesses. Caring guardian during and after the hospitalization, Buddy helps young patients to engage in their healthcare practice, he reduces their anxiety/stress at the bedside, post-operative, clinical settings and improves their emotive health. Thanks to playful interactions, he is a companion, coach, motivator, as well as a connector to family, friends, and school.
For physicians, he monitors the patient’s health status and facilitates the follow-up care for children at home, the following hospitalizations or living with chronic illness.
A precious ally to keep learning and socializing.
Furthermore, when the kids are away for medical reasons, he offers a remote connection to school to maintain academic continuity and participation in quality education. He becomes the eyes, ears, and voice of the distant child to help him continue his schooling and continue participating in the class activities remotely.
Having a positive impact on the patient’s welfare
Safe and reliable, Buddy has been designed to fit everyone’s needs, whether his users are comfortable with technology or not. Versatile by nature thanks to his platform, he offers endless possibilities to address the needs and improve outcomes of kids and individuals in the hospitals or home environments, augmenting the abilities of the human.
Staying in the hospital is never easy. After all, being there implies you have a serious medical condition. For kids, it can be very scary. Buddy can play an active role to mitigate stress, anxiety, and pain. He offers a unique efficacy for supporting hospitalized pediatric patients through emotionally challenging circumstances.
This post has been written by Laurence Duarte, CEO at Strat & Shield Co., in collaboration with Rodolphe Hasselvander, creator of Buddy Your Emotional Robot and CEO of Blue Frog Robotics.