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Colts virtually visit children at Riley Hospital with robots

Indianapolis Colts virtual robot visit, Riley, all patient releases were signed physically, not digitally.
Indianapolis Colts virtual robot visit, Riley, all patient releases were signed physically, not digitally.
Posted at 8:09 PM, Sep 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-14 20:09:53-04

INDIANAPOLIS – Three Indianapolis Colts visited patients at Riley Hospital for Children Monday but used robots to avoid the risk of spreading COVID-19.

The players, running back Jonathan Taylor, safety Julian Blackmon and wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr., visited patients on the hematology/oncology floor.

The Colts used Ohmni Robots, with the actual players at the Colts complex.

“Our patients loved the chance to interact with Colts players with an added bonus of working with real life robots!” said Dr. Jodi Skiles, Riley Children’s Health pediatric oncologist. “My team in oncology is so thankful for any chance to brighten the days of our patients and their families. Joy matters deeply in long medical journeys.”

The robots allow the players to interact with patients and frontline workers in hospitals while restrictions are still in place.