With a growing number of people in need of care and the shortage of skilled workers, caregivers express the desire for improved support to reduce physical strain and psychological stress. One task for burden relieve is documentation of nursing actions and treatment processes, as this can be done in parallel with the action. Hence tools capturing information in real time could improve information sharing. Also, contactless assessment of patients’ vital signs and emotions is desirable. Thus, the idea is to enhance an existing mobile platform, which can follow the nurse, includes a voice-controlled assistant, and be able for wireless (e.g., via Bluetooth) assessment of vital data from patients in its direct vicinity. Using the Temi telepresence robot as an open technical platform, we provide and discus requirements for this platform to potentially aid and relief to medical staff within caring and elderly homes, with respect to voice-control, Bluetooth-based vital data collection, interfaces to a digital patient manager and automated emotion recognition. The presented concept and the rating of the associated technologies leads to the conclusion that - if adequately implemented and installed - the caregivers could potentially receive noticeable relief from them. Nevertheless, as next steps, the examined technologies and ideas must be completely implemented, thoroughly fused with each other, and evaluated to provide a real support system for clinical care and assisted documentation.
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