According to research on Healthcare Robotics by Tractica Research, the total global profits brought by robots in healthcare will reach $2.8 billion by 2021 (which is almost twice more as opposed to the 2016 readings). This is enough reason alone to ponder over the globalization of implementing robotics in medicine.
Robotized solutions are the future and very soon we will closely work or get treated by medical robots. In order to pave the way to a bright future, we need to gain a better understanding of how they work so as to make this transition to healthcare robots simpler and easier.
Major Types of Healthcare Robotics
Here are the four main types of robotics that are already actively being employed in some progressive medical centers of the world:
Routine task handlers
In medicine, as in any other field, involve loads of tasks that are very monotonous or over-the-top cumbersome in completion yet have the minimum of intellectual complexity. Such tasks frequently spawn human factor-caused errors. Fortunately, they can be rid off with the help of the specialized automation solutions. For instance, you can automate the distribution of medicine, search and filling of electronic medical cards, patient informing efforts, etc.
Even the best surgeons of the world come across situations where reaching with hands or scalpel is either too dangerous for the patient’s health or simply impossible. There is a special robot in the medical field to help out in such situations, which operates by the likes of a human surgeon, only with a 100% preciseness guarantee. Thus, one of the most renowned implementations of such robots in medical surgery is the Da Vinci system that is fully controllable by human input. It is quite a clumpy device that weighs somewhere around half a ton and features a single hand equipped with a camera that allows viewing operated areas with ultra-zoom, with a 360-degree view, as well as three electric actuators which provide the highest precision and feedback. Moreover, healthcare actuators are used to eliminate new tumor formations which cannot be reached manually.
There are other types of healthcare robots which are managed by artificial intelligence-driven algorithms. These are based on the software that is capable of gaining new knowledge literally every second of its operation, which, in turn, helps it efficiently identify diseases at an early stage (e.g., diabetes or cancer).
If you thought that the robotics in the healthcare industry that is based on artificial intelligence is king of the hill in terms of automation achievements in the field, you’re definitely missing out on the progress. Nanobots serve as miniature surgeons which can inspect organs internally and even fight certain viruses, bacteria, atheromas, and cancer cells locally.
The healthcare industry has made a huge jump in the overall technical development of recent years due to health care robots. And this is great because even more millions of people get a chance to live now. We hope a lot that soon such systems will be featured by every other med establishment for absolutely all civilized people to get qualified medical help in the time of need.