Telemedicine robot is new player at Dartmouth football games in concussion pilot program

In a new partnership between Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Center for Telehealth and Dartmouth's Department of Athletics and Recreation, a telemedicine robot will be present at every home football game.

The robot is part of a remote concussion assessment pilot program where the D-H Center for Telehealth will provide Dartmouth Athletics with real-time, emergency clinical support for players with suspected concussions. Tablets and smartphone solutions will also be integrated into the telehealth offerings.

The partnership plans to extend the telemedicine offerings to other Dartmouth sports in the future.

"Telemedicine technology will help us have greater coverage for our teams, for example, when they're training far from campus, such as Nordic skiing, or holding a practice out of season, especially sports where there's a risk for head injuries," said Drew Galbraith, senior associate athletics director for Dartmouth Peak Performance, a program to help student athletes achieve maximum physical, intellectual and personal growth. "Having the ability to connect to a doctor immediately presents some real opportunities for us to provide better care for our athletes in the moment."

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