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Two avatars for the Cantonal Hospital in Aarau

On the heels of the Zurich Children’s Hospital, the Cantonal Hospital in Aarau has now also received its first two avatars. Helsana delivered the two robots to Professor Henrik Köhler right before Christmas as part of its social commitment.

Helsana has been supporting the Avatar Project since early 2016. Since the successful launch of the project at Zurich Children’s Hospital on 1 November, the Cantonal Hospital in Aarau now also has two small robot avatars for critically ill children and young people. “We will make the avatar available to children who are in our hospital for an extended period of time. These children are usually cancer patients or young people with eating disorders,” explained Professor Köhler at the handover. Thanks to the avatar, children can stay connected to their school and participate in lessons despite their illness. Professor Henrik Köhler is excited about how this innovative tool will impact the lives of the young patients in his paediatric clinic. The gift will enable him to give his patients a small taste of normalcy. Jean Christophe Gostanian, CEO of Avatarion Technology in Zurich, which developed the avatar, was also present at the handover: “The avatars should be actively used so that as many children as possible benefit from the project.”

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