How medical robots will change healthcare


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The use of robotics in the healthcare system has been evolving quickly in the last few years. There is a growing chance, in the near future, to see minuscule robots inject medications directly and accurately at the cellular level and then remotely monitor their internal reactions with the body. Still, the main use of robots in health care is to assist aged people with their daily activities.

Recent estimations show that more than 98 million Americans will be 65 and older in 2060. This makes taking care of those persons an upcoming challenge for the entire healthcare system in all countries with similar demographic structure. Robots have to play a central role in addressing the challenge.

Home assistance robots are just one of the three main areas of robotic use in the health system; the other two are:

  • Direct care assistance. Robots are used to assist in surgical interventions and for replacing lost body parts. It’s worth mentioning that, just in the US, more than 500 people a day lose one of their limbs.
  • Indirect patient care robots. Autonomous robots are used for inventory in pharmacies, to deliver medical goods for patients in hospitals, as a disinfection tool and for interacting with people having known infectious diseases; thus avoiding possible epidemic propagation.

Findings in robotics use in healthcare systems are undermentioned in media compared to mobile or 3D printing technologies; maybe we are not aware that it is not just a matter of scientists seeking for new breakthroughs, but the final goal is to empower those with special needs and ensure everyone stays healthy.

Source :How medical robots will change healthcare.