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GIBLIB, an Los Angeles-based streaming media platform, has launched a virtual reality (VR) app that provides an immersive operating room (OR) experience to medical students and physicians.

Planned Parenthood is now offering an AI-powered, sexual health chatbot designed to reach more young people who visit its website, the organization announced Thursday, Jan. 24.

The development and use of robotic systems in healthcare is expected to surge over the next several years thanks to continuous technological advances, according to a report by BIS Research. The market intelligence firm predicts the global healthcare robotics market will reach $11.4 billion by 2025.

Though more healthcare providers are using chatbots—or conversational AI—to connect with patients, the technology needs to improve in certain areas to earn the trust of its users and achieve widespread adoption, according to recent survey by UserTesting.

Washington State University (WSU) scientists are testing a mobile robot designed to help care for senior citizens with health limitations who live on their own.

Thanks to the rise of AI technologies and more healthcare agencies embracing assistive robots, the personal robotics industry is expected to be an $18.85 billion market opportunity by 2020, according to a report by Frost & Sullivan.

Nurses at a Dallas hospital are embracing the presence of an assistive robot following a month-long pilot.

A VA nursing home in Albany, New York, is using robotic animals with built-in AI to comfort patients with dementia, according to a report by WNYT News.

Two Duke research teams are taking advantage of the sudden rise of AI in healthcare by using chatbots to provide information about maternal health and mental health tools to women in Kenya.

Moving a motorized wheelchair typically involves operating a joystick or using sensors. That may soon change after Hoobox Robotics, a Brazil-based technology company, teamed up with Intel to create software that uses AI to help the disabled drive motorized wheelchairs with facial expressions, according to a report by USA Today.

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $3.5 million grant to help researchers develop a robotic system that “destroys” metastatic brain tumors with high-intensity therapeutic ultrasound and real-time imaging.

Florida-based telehealth provider MDLive is now incorporating artificial intelligence (AI) into its virtual healthcare services with its new interactive chatbot named “Sophie,” according to a report by the Sun Sentinel.