CHOP Unveils Interactive Robot to Patients and Families

Made possible through a generous gift by the Kids-N-Hope Foundation, the NAO robot will be programmed to interact in a fun way with CHOP patients and be utilized for patient education.

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kids with robotChildren’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) unveiled a new interactive NAO robot to patients and their families today. Made possible through a generous gift by the Kids-N-Hope Foundation, the robot will be programmed to interact in a fun way, such as dancing or playing BINGO, or be utilized for patient education related to the healthcare experience.

Technology, such as the NAO (pronounced ‘now’) robots, can be beneficial to bridge the gap for patients who may respond to alternative modes of learning and interaction. In addition to being programmed for entertainment and patient education related purposes, the NAO robot can be used at the patient’s bedside to educate and motivate patients to participate in activities or therapies, such as a patient who needs to get out of bed after surgery. The robot will also speak multiple languages, welcoming patients and families whose primary language is not English.

The Kids-N-Hope Foundation was organized by American Heritage Credit Union. Since its inception in 1996, the Kids-N-Hope Foundation has raised over $1.5 million to support the music therapy program at CHOP. American Heritage Credit Union is a $2.4 billion, member-owned financial cooperative serving more than 800 Workplace Partners and more than 190,000 members, with more than 35 locations across Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, and Camden Counties.

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Contact: Jennifer Lee, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, 267-426-6084 or leej41@email.chop.edu