South Carolina hospital adds robot dietitian

Orangeburg, S.C.-based Regional Medical Center has instituted a robot dietitian that roams the hospital to provide nutrition counseling to patients, The Times and Democrat reported Jan. 2.

"Norma" the robot is operated by an off-site employee of food service company Morrison Healthcare, according to the story. "It is demonstrating that we are definitely moving into the high-tech area," hospital CEO David Southerland told the news outlet.

Hospital officials told the Times and Democrat the robot will save money by cutting back on the need for a salaried employee.

The robot is being used by about 10 other hospitals across the country, the newspaper reported.

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