How are Robots Changing Healthcare?
The 4th industrial revolution has reached almost every sector, including the healthcare system due to the revolutionary development in technology and computers.
The healthcare sector in the elite states like the UK, the UAE, and countries like Russia, Japan, China is rich with AI involvement.
Of course, we don’t have a ‘Baymax’, our personal and most favorite healthcare assistant yet. But the future where we have a robot tending to our pain is within arm’s reach. But how are robots changing healthcare?
Let’s start with the present situation of healthcare and how robots fit into the picture.
Where Do We Need Robots in Healthcare?
Healthcare is a general term. It can start with the small band-aid we get when we cut ourselves. And go all the way up to sophisticated brain surgery. It can also include providing care for the elderly, nursing the patients in a maternity ward, or taking care of, especially able children.
No matter where the care is needed, there is a need for AI technology everywhere.
Robots in Nursing and Surgery
At this point, already a lot of work is being done by Robots. In the UK, sophisticated surgeries of the brain, the Colon, the Heart, etc. are being done by AI programmed robotic hands.
The surgeon robots usually use a camera to view what they are doing and the AI algorithm perfectly executes each suture, drill, or stitch.
Some of these surgeon robots are semi-autonomous. These require a doctor’s touch to be operated on. On the other hand, there are ‘microbots’ or tiny robots that go anywhere in your body and heal the problematic areas.
Presently, robotic nurses are an interest of many Technology and Robotics based companies. The main intention of these companies is to develop a healthcare assistant to serve in elderly homes.
“Patients suffering from dementia can be benefitted from these technologies” – is the opinion of Mr. Sanjeev Kanoria, a Care Home owner in London.
The Japanese have developed a baby-seal-faced robot called Paro that can respond to human speech. It’s non-threatening looks make it more acceptable to patients.
Robots in Pathological Testing, Sanitizing & Assisting Healthcare
Lab robots work in drawing the blood for testing, transport, and store the biological samples and even disinfect any area by detecting the presence of germs.
Robots can work in dispensaries to dispense medicines as per the patient’s requirements. This reduces the chance of errors in medicine administration.
Moreover, throughout the hospital, robots conduct transportation tasks. For example, robotic carts moving in hospitals with bedding materials and patient’s foods, along with generic medicines. This transportation is usually faster than manual ones.
Presently, how are robots changing healthcare? This is how!
The Future & Necessity of Robots in Healthcare
Robots have not only made surgeries more precise, faster, less risky, and less painful; but they’ve also revolutionized nursing.
The tidy but highly important tasks like transportation and storing of medicines, organs, test samples, test results can be easily and precisely conducted by robots.
In the future, Robotic skeletons will see a major advancement. This will put a huge impact on amputees or physically disabled patients. Robotic hands should be the next big thing in healthcare. Moreover, robotic eyes are already on the way, with scientists developing the world’s first 3D eye just this year. Personal care robots will also get normalized in Care Centers and Elderly Homes.
Currently, theories on robots replacing healthcare professionals’ jobs have been circulating. But we need to keep in mind that healthcare is a vast, complicated, and unpredictable sector.
The way we anticipate things now doesn’t necessarily have to be what happens in the future. Robotic nurses may not serve their purpose as much in elderly homes because humans crave human interaction. Robot-human interaction needs to be analyzed further for this purpose.
The future holds more surprises than we know now. And for better (or for worst, but mostly better) the world is awaiting an AI revolution in the healthcare sector. Because we still want to find out how are robots changing healthcare.