A doctor in California appeared via video link to tell a pat
Preparing for the death of a loved one is difficult no matter the circumstances.

But Annalisia Wilharm said she never expected a doctor would deliver the bad news about her grandfather via a video screen on a robot.

Wilharm was sitting by her grandfather's bedside in the ICU of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fremont, California, last Monday night when the machine rolled into their room and a doctor, appearing via live video link, offered his grim prognosis. Her grandfather Ernest Quintana, 78, died the next day.

Wilharm told CNN her family knew that her grandfather would die soon. But they're angered by the way the situation was handled and how the news was delivered. She said she and her family hope no one else receives the same treatment.

A spokeswoman for the hospital offered "sincere condolences to the family" in a statement sent to CNN.

"We take this very seriously and have reached out to the family to discuss their concerns," said Michelle Gaskill-Hames, a senior vice president and area manager of Kaiser Permanente Greater Southern Alameda County.

"Our physicians and nurses were in regular, in-person communication with the patient and family about his condition from the moment he entered our hospital," she added. "The evening video tele-visit was a follow-up to earlier physician visits -- it did not replace previous conversations with patient and family members and was not used in the delivery of the initial diagnosis."

Read more: https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/10/health/patient-dies-robot-doctor/index.html
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