Daniel Sloan’s father lived 1500 miles away when he was admitted to hospice care. Daniel tried to rent a VGo robot so he could have more “face time” with his dad through the VGo telepresence, but was told VGo Communications did not have a rental program. Well, they do now, through Right Robotics. Brandy Obvintsev interviews Daniel Sloan, president of Right Robotics.
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Brandy: This is The BusinessMakers Show, heard on the radio and seen online at TheBusinessmakers.com. I'm Brandy Obvintsev, and my guest now is Daniel Sloan with Right Robotics. Hi, Daniel. Thanks so much for being here today with us.
Daniel: Thanks, Brandy. Thanks for having me.
Brandy: Great, well now tell me about Right Robotics.
Daniel: Right Robotics, we're a partner of VGo Communications. As you can see, I've got my VGo robot here. I call him Mr. Big. I'm sure you've seen some of the Verizon commercials they've shown nationally with the VGo sponsor.
Brandy: So tell me what you do with this fantastic Mr. Big.
Daniel: As you can see from the slides that the VGo has a number of different applications. We have about 30 kids in Texas using them to go to school. Some of them have immune deficiencies or are going through cancer and can't go to school. So there's a lot of applications for it. What Right Robotics is focusing on is the medical field, particularly hospitals. A lot of hospitals are getting really hurt by Medicaid, Medicare right now from this readmission policy that they have where patients come back in after 30 days.
So we're building a service around where we take a robot, we're coupling it with a nurse, and we're going out and having follow up visits with these patients within that first 30-day period. Because a lot of the readmissions are happening just because of fear, or you know, they didn't feel like they get all their questions answered, not feeling well. So having follow up visits with the patients is going to reduce that readmission.
Brandy: So tell me why a hospital would adopt this very – I mean it's very fun, it's very novel, but this novel technology as opposed to an iPad or a smart phone or Face Time or something like that.
Daniel: Sure. One of the things that, as you know, when you're dealing with patients that are sick and things of that nature is if you're putting the responsibility of the technology requirement in their hands, they might not know how to work it. They might not know how to put it in – you know, to turn it on. They might not have an internet connection. This is all – all the technology is all built in. Through the Verizon 4G wireless that's built into it, I don't even need to have their internet. I just show up, the robot is there, and we turn it on, and the doctor is able to call in. So it's really simplicity because if you're having all these other variables, you might not get to see that patient for technology issues.
Brandy: And so can the doctor look at the patient from different angles with this program? I mean can the doctor move it around?
Daniel: Sure. We have an iPad app that I'm using it. You can see I can dial in here, and basically control the VGo robot, so I can drive it anywhere. It even goes up the little medical ramp. So the doctor is able to do that. It has a snapshot ability, take a picture. You can load an app to where you can actually record the visit if you want to. The only thing it really doesn't have – it doesn't have arms. Can't touch him.
Brandy: Well great. Fantastic. So tell me a little bit more about Right Robotics then.
Daniel: We saw this technology – there was a piece on Bloomberg about the hospital of the future, the Polma Hospital in California. And when I saw this robot going down the hall with the interviewer, I immediately thought to myself, "This would be a really cool technology to use for my dad." He was in a hospice facility, and I was traveling every weekend to go up and see him. When I contacted VGo, they're like, "Well, you can buy a robot if you want, but we don't lease them." So through a long series of events I won't go through, I ended up buying a robot and just felt like this could be a business to get this technology to companies that don't necessarily want to buy one, but say, "Hey, I need it for three months," or build services around it like I described.
Brandy: Oh, wow. That's absolutely amazing. Amazing technology. Thank you so much for coming.
Daniel: Thank you.
Brandy: And that wraps up my interview with Daniel Sloan, president of Right Robotics. This is The BusinessMakers Show heard on the radio and seen at TheBusinessmakers.com.