Humber becomes the first hospital in Canadato recruit a humanoid robot
TORONTO, Feb. 20, 2018 /CNW/ -
Humber River Hospital has teamed up with SoftBank Robotics America (SBRA) to welcome Pepper, the humanoid robot. Beginning this week, Pepper will greet, guide, engage and entertain patients and visitors.
Equipped with the latest voice and emotion recognition technology, Pepper is the first robot in the world that is able to read and respond to human emotion.
Barbara Collins, President and CEO, Humber River Hospital
Wednesday February 21, 2018 1:30 PM
Humber River Hospital, 1235 Wilson Avenue, Toronto Ontario, M3M 0B2 South Entrance Information Desk
As the first hospital in Canada to recruit a humanoid robot, Humber River Hospital will be helping to shape the future of healthcare in this country while helping to create a unique, positive and memorable experience for patients and visitors.
For further information (Media only): Please contact Joe Gorman, Director, Community Relations, Humber River Hospital, 416-939-6316, [email protected]
ABOUT HUMBER RIVER HOSPITAL Humber River Hospital (HRH) is one of Canada's largest acute care hospitals, serving a vibrant and culturally diverse community of more than 850,000 people in the northwest Greater Toronto Area. The HRH team's powerful commitment to compassionate, professional, respectful care is reflected in the number of hospital programs and services that have been, and remain, recognized provincially, nationally and internationally. On October 18, 2015, HRH opened its new acute care facility – North America's first fully digital hospital. A 1.8 million square foot facility based on the design principles of lean, green and digital to support the best in patient and family centred care, it integrates the finest available medical and communications technology across all hospital systems, services and workflows. The new hospital has 656 acute inpatient beds, including 48 critical care beds, 3,400 staff, approximately 600 physicians with privileges, and over 500 volunteers. The hospital has formal affiliations with the University of Toronto and Queen's University Medical Schools, and is the Toronto hospital of choice for Queen's University Medical School.
ABOUT PEPPER With large expressive eyes and lifelike movements and gestures, Pepper is the 4-foot (1.2-meter) humanoid robot designed to provide a unique, interactive experience for users, while offering a new way for businesses to communicate with customers and clients. Pepper can engage with people and connect with them on an emotional level through its human-like form and conversational experience. Whether interacting with guests in a hotel lobby, shoppers at a retail store, or travelers at an airport, Pepper can discern the gender, general age, and mood of the person it engages with. Softbank Robotics America is rolling out Pepper in North America with a business first go-to-market strategy. Like the roll-out in Asia and Europe, Pepper robots will soon be seen in retail, hospitality, travel, financial services, and healthcare roles.
ABOUT SOFTBANK ROBOTICS AMERICA Headquartered in San Francisco, California, SoftBank Robotics America (SBRA) is driving technology forward by becoming a leader in humanoid robotics. Our robots, including Pepper and NAO, are used in more than 70 countries worldwide and offer innovative use cases relevant for the fields of retail, financial services, healthcare, travel, and hospitality. Formerly Aldebaran Robotics, SBRA's sister offices remain in Europe, Japan, and China under the new SoftBank Robotics Group. To learn more about Softbank Robotics America, please visit: SoftBankRobotics.com/us
SOURCE Humber River Hospital
For further information: (Media only): Please contact Joe Gorman, Director, Community Relations, Humber River Hospital, 416-939-6316, [email protected]