Robotics in the healthcare industry? It’s true. As artificial intelligence shapes the future of society and the human species, it is beginning to thread a bright and innovative legacy for the healthcare industry to leave behind. Check out some of the ways robotics are improving the health care system, to provide the best possible patient care, and to make health care more accessible through individual autonomy.
Robots have the ability to sense, think, and act autonomously, deeming them invaluable in the healthcare industry. Robotic functions can quickly, securely, and precisely complete tasks that employees have otherwise taken laborious and timely effort to complete. This does not mean that employees are losing jobs, but that nurses and physicians can focus their creative human intelligence on finding solutions to pressing problems, while robotic systems execute physical procedures that previously required lengthy physician time.
Are healthcare technology and healthcare robotics the same thing?
Healthcare robotics include any application of robotic technology that diagnoses, treats, corrects, restores or modifies a body function or part. Robotics are similar to general healthcare technology in autonomy and benefits, but robotics is further defined as possessing the following characteristics:
- Sensors for gathering environmental information
- Intelligence captured through sensory technology, and analysis with deliverable action
- Motion that is pre-programmed and/or accessible in real-time
Examples of Robots in Healthcare
- High-resolution imaging
- Immersive interfaces
- Fine-control and haptic feedback
- Robotic surgeon assistants
The Implications of Robotics in the Healthcare Industry
- Meeting the demands of an aging population
By 2020, the population over 65 will outweigh the population of people under age 5, requiring generous assistance and resources. Since this elderly generation is also wealthy and technologically apt, providing care through robotics is a feasible option to accommodate their care, as they age. In fact, technological care is preferential to elderly patients who use artificial intelligence to maintain independent lifestyles.
- Accommodating more of the disabled
With robots that can perform essential functions of caretakers or previously automatic physical movements, more disabled patients can rehabilitate at home, and re-immerse themselves in the physical world. The support of robotics allows this care to be affordable and ongoing.
- Cost Reduction
Implementing robotic-based systems in healthcare reduces costs for patients and practices. Physicians and nurses spend less time performing functions and procedures and overseeing rehabilitation activities that a robotic system now handles, effectively reducing the costs of equipment, resources, and physician-patient time.
- Improved quality of care
Automated care is completely personalized and always available. Patients have ongoing support, and the ability to independently work toward rehabilitation and optimal health. Robots execute functions with the highest precision, ensuring top-quality care, at all times.
- Increased Productivity
As physicians spend less time executing or overseeing timely exercises or procedures, their schedules open up to spend more quality time with patients, to further investigate medical mysteries and program progress.
- Moving toward autonomy
As we move toward a more autonomous future, robotics in healthcare systems enable patients to govern their own health through apps, programs, and devices that monitor health, recovery, and rehabilitation. Robotic systems allow patients to get the care they need, without depending on physical visits to the doctor or a rehabilitation center.
- State of the future
Our future is a technological one, and it’ll leave no industry out of its wake of innovation. Healthcare is just an example of yet another extension of human life becoming digitized, and accessible from anywhere on the planet.
- Cyclical innovation
The more practice the healthcare industry has with robotics, the more research and data available to drive robotics to the next level, producing more innovation for optimal health and medical care.
Healthcare robotics is the next step from healthcare technology that is already saving practices and hospitals costs, resources, and time.
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