Californian man told of impending death via video-link

Californian man told of impending death via video-link

"This guy can not breathe, and he's got this robot trying to talk to him", she said.

Ms Wilharm said a robot then arrived in the room and the doctor appeared on a video screen.

This 2009 photo provided by Catherine Quintana shows her father, Ernest Quintana, in Fremont, Calif.

"The next thing I know he's telling him, "I got these MRI results back and there's no lungs left, there's nothing to work with".

Steve Pantilat, chief of the palliative medicine division at University of California, San Francisco, said he doesn't know the details in the case but that the robot technology has done wonders for patients and their families, some of whom are too far away for in-person visits.

A septuagenarian Californian learnt of his impending death through a video link, outraging his family, who protested against the dehumanised and robotic way in which the news was delivered.

Wilharm was alone with her grandfather when the doctor remotely told Quintana that his lungs were failing and he would not be going home.

Wilharm didn't see a human being, but a machine with a video screen of a doctor.

This story corrects the age and hearing of Ernest Quintana.

According to KUTV, Wilharm said her grandfather couldn't hear much of what the machine was saying and they kept needing it to repeat itself. "I just figured it was routine", Wilharm said Saturday. His family is upset with how the situation was handled. She said that after the visit, he gave her instructions on who should get what and made her promise to look after her grandmother.

Gaskill-Hames, the hospital spokeswoman, said the health care provider is "continuously learning how best to integrate technology into patient interactions". "We use video technology as an appropriate enhancement to the care team and a way to bring additional consultative expertise to the bedside". "This secure video technology is a live conversation with a physician using tele-video technology, and always with a nurse or other physician in the room", Kaiser Permanente said.

Hospital administration officials claimed that video conferencing has "worked wonders" for their patients and the patient's families because they're warm and intimate.

Catherine says that she spoke to hospital staff about the robot.

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