FREMONT, CA: Automation driven by healthcare technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence could heavily contribute to the growth of the healthcare industry. Robots can assist improve operational efficiencies by taking over administrative or redundant clinical tasks. The implications for the usage of robotic surgery systems in the future of healthcare go even further. Below are a few ways robotics can have a positive impact on healthcare.
Surgical Assistant Robots
One of the fastest growing fields of robotics, surgery is an example of cutting edge robotics technology for healthcare purposes. Surgical assistant robots assist in operations that require small, precise incisions, thereby giving surgeons a higher amount of control over the procedure. Robots can provide more exact bone cuts with a minimized amount of soft tissue damage, which promotes fast healing.
The pharmaceutical industry is often overloaded, with repetitive tasks. Robots can analyze information sent from hospital information systems and update the status of prescribed drugs back to the system. A robotic arm can collect and label the medication. It can also help in package, store, and dispense filled prescriptions. It can also assist in the preparation of intravenous (IV) solutions.
Robotic structures can help humans with a range of motion. It is often used, for rehabilitation therapy procedures, including limb mobilization and guidance for patients recovering from diseases. Patient-specific parameters, such as the amount of force used and range of motion, is tracked by these machines and can help customize treatments based on an individual's progress.
Human-sized telerobots feature audio, video and camera technology designed to facilitate patient monitoring, timely communication, specialized patient care, and even high-quality emergency consultations. Robots also enable clinicians to remotely log in, review patient data, and communicate with the patient other members in care delivery.
The potentials of robotic applications in healthcare are far-reaching and are predicted to change the way healthcare organizations operate. Advancements in artificial intelligence, along with predictive analytics, are empowering robotic technology and making it capable of handling more activities. As this technology advances and becomes more affordable, it is expected that more health care institutions to embrace robotics.