Introduction

Telepresence in the field of healthcare is becoming increasingly popular in today’s society with the goal of keeping sick and longer-living patients out of hospitals, assisted-living facilities, and nursing homes. More individuals are becoming technologically competent, which has allowed the creation of robotics to assist in educating and providing services to numerous populations. Although the development of telepresence has been groundbreaking in assessing and treating a wide range of individuals, high costs of initial set up, as well as maintenance expenses need to be taken into consideration prior to utilization of robots in healthcare. Uncertainty about the ability to provide quality feedback and the perceived level of usefulness may deter providers from adopting this method of practice, so extensive research needs to be conducted in order to verify its value. Extensive training is also necessary on both ends in order to ensure proper care to the patient by the clinician. Telepresence has the potential to become a prominent form of practice in healthcare around the globe, with benefits already being seen in hospitals and healthcare settings worldwide.