CliX is a vision for future telemedecine that integrates virtual reality and drone technologies. A set of CliX system equipped a compact VR headset and a drone with a camera. When the doctor and a patient wear CliX headsets, they can meet with each other through drone cameras in a virtual environment. Their drone cameras will track users' motion and move, allowing the doctor and the patient to make conversation smoothly.
Improve the doctor-to-patient relationships of telemedcine
Driven by faster internet connections, higher resolution screens and ubiquitous smartphones, telemedcine is gradually growing into a huge medical trend. Nowadays, doctors are linking up with patients by smartphone, email and webcam, consulting with each other electronically. Patients, meanwhile, are using new devices to relay their blood pressure, heart rate and other vital signs to their doctors so that they can manage chronic conditions at home. While the benefits are many, the limitation of telemedicine is the quality of doctor-to-patient relationships. They are not only shaped by information exchange and the overall output, but also a doctor’s ability to empathize with patients, and a patient’s body language. These factors of care cannot be executed or captured through a telemedicine platform. Through our study, we envision a new solution that combines the power of VR and drone to improve this defect.
CliX: VR clinic system
In order to break the limitations to effective interaction in telemedicine, the drone of CliX is equipped with a high resolution video camera to capture the information for the VR meeting between the patient and the doctor. When the patient and the doctor wear their VR headsets, they can see the person and the environment on other side of the VR environment, just like an in-person visit. Meanwhile, the VR headset can also scan the vital signs of the patient and send them to the doctor. This allows the doctor to make a more accurate diagnosis.
CliX VR Headset
CThe CliX VR headset has a built-in thermometer and heart-beat sensor on the back side, to allow the doctor to monitor the patient's vital signs during diagnosis. The lenses of the VR headset are adjustable for people with myopia or hyperopia. The bone conduct earphone and built-in microphone allows users to communicate with others without other devices. The headset is also equipped with a regular speaker on the top for group meetings.
Start a VR-visit with the CliX
First, the patient just needs to prepare the drone and wear the VR headset. The drone will automatically activate, capturing the patient's image on the server. The host of the server will ask for the patient's basic information and transfer the patient to a suitable doctor.
Face-to-face with the doctor
當For privacy issues, the patient can choose to show or hide his/her environment and face when he/she connect with the doctor. The doctor can do the virtual examination and check nose/mouth/ear/skin with the patient to support his/her diagnosis. The patient can also see the doctor in the VR environment and fellow the doctor's instruction to make examinations.
Just like an in-person visit
在During the VR visiting, the patient and the doctor's drones will follow their motion to "see" the person and the environment on the other side. The doctor can check the patient closely, like an in-person visit. The doctor can also reach the patient's lifestyle, such as diet and pets, to increase the accuracy of the diagnosis. On the other hand, the patient will not need to wait, or exposure to the risk of infection at the hospital before he/she needs advanced examinations.
Vital signs display
CThe CliX's vital sign's sensors not only send information to the doctor, but are also able to show it on the front display. The information will help patient's family members or nurses to check the patient's condition. The headset also uses eye tracking to detect the patient's emotions for people who are taking care of the patient.