Reportedly, a senior man in the United States said he would die through a video link on what his family described as a "robot".
Ernest Quintana, 79, was told by a doctor through the video link that his lungs were failing, "he might not be able to go home" and that he did not have much to live.
Annalisia Wilharm, Quintana's niece, told the local KTVU press station that he was with him in the intensive care unit at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fremont, Calif., When a nurse said a doctor would do his lap.
Ms. Wilharm said a robot arrived in the room and the doctor appeared on a video screen.
A hospital spokeswoman said that a nurse brought the device into the room and that it does not sail on its own.
Ms. Wilharm said the harrowing news that her grandfather was dying hurt even more through a car.
Mr Quintana's daughter, Catherine, told KTVU that the family was even more upset because her father had trouble hearing the doctor through the speakers, forcing Mrs. Wilharm to pass on the terrible news.
Michelle Gaskill-Hames, senior vice president of Kaiser Permanente, said in a statement to NBC News that it was a "highly unusual circumstance".
"We regret not being at the height of patient and family expectations in this situation and we will use this opportunity to examine how to improve the patient's experience with tele-video features," added Gaskill-Hames. .
He went on to say that technology allows a small hospital to "have additional specialists" to provide patient care 24 hours a day.
"This secure video technology is a live conversation with a doctor using tele-video technology, and always with a nurse or other doctor in the room to explain the purpose and function of the technology," said Ms Gaskill. Hames.
"It does not replace or replace assessments and conversations in the first person with a patient or family".
It is said that Mr. Quintana died on Tuesday, two days after being admitted to hospital.