Robotics in Healthcare – Precision Assistance and Care

Robotics in Healthcare – Precision Assistance and Care

July 20, 2023 0 By Jess Livingston

Robots are being utilized in healthcare in numerous ways. One such robot system, the da Vinci Surgical System, allows surgeons to remotely operate full-sized equipment while controlling extremely tiny instruments through small incisions.

Nurses perform numerous demanding routine tasks such as drawing blood and monitoring vital signs that can be both physically and psychologically taxing for humans. A venipuncture robot can assist nurses by drawing blood more quickly and accurately while relieving patients of stress-inducing procedures.

1. Patient Safety

Robots provide healthcare workers with more time for more critical activities while decreasing human error risks and increasing efficiency within the healthcare environment.

Medical robots provide surgeons with a valuable asset when performing minimally invasive surgeries, helping them work through smaller incisions with reduced risks of infection. Furthermore, these tools enable customized treatments, shorten surgeries and increase success rates of minimally invasive surgery procedures.

Healthcare facilities must ensure all robotic systems used in healthcare settings undergo thorough usability evaluation prior to their deployment into the field, to identify any hazards which might hinder performance and ensure conformance with relevant standards. For example, robots are increasingly being used to disinfect patient rooms, limit person-to-person contact in infectious disease wards, and deliver medications directly to patients. Healthcare facilities should take great care in testing all robotic systems before using them in the field; this requires performing usability analyses that identify any possible performance or compliance issues and identify hazards which could reduce usability evaluations which would uncover any issues which could impact performance issues while simultaneously complying with relevant standards requirements.

2. Patient Comfort

Healthcare technologies are rapidly progressing, from improving cancer survival rates to decreasing heart disease deaths; yet their real impact will depend on personalized care.

Hospital experiences that make patients feel at ease tend to leave patients more satisfied, so even minor things such as needle stick soreness or IV start pain may have long-term implications on patient satisfaction. Many healthcare organizations strive to ensure patients feel as relaxed as possible, such as the University of Kansas Hospital sending fuzzy socks and providing fans in rooms. By providing such amenities, the hospital helps their patients forget any uncomfortable aspects of their stay while their staff provides exceptional care with outstanding training practices that ensure patients get quality service from start to finish.

3. Patient Education

Robotics in healthcare offers unprecedented advances for the industry, but challenges and limitations must still be overcome. Medical professionals play an essential role in making sure these technologies are implemented responsibly and effectively.

Medical robots provide not only assistance to doctors and nurses in the operating room, but they can also serve as companions to patients outside it – providing answers, information about the hospital or even providing comfort when patients feel lonely.

AI allows medical robots to recognize individual patients’ needs and behaviors, improving healthcare quality while increasing patient outcomes. Intel provides field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA) specifically tailored for medical robotics to accommodate various application requirements ranging from high performance AI-enabled surgical assistance robots to lower power, cost-sensitive robots for waste removal or linen delivery.

4. Reduced Errors

Variations in diagnosis is costly to the healthcare system. Addressing sources of unwarranted variation early in care pathways will prevent their cumulative effect throughout patient journeys and lower downstream costs.

Medical robots provide clinicians with an invaluable aid for providing tailored care, improving both patient experience and outcomes. From surgical-assistance robots to modular and autonomous mobile bots that deliver supplies, disinfect, consult on specialist matters or complete other tasks, these medical robots offer clinicians a useful resource.

Service robots can ease the workload for healthcare workers by handling routine logistical tasks such as restocking medical supplies, transporting bed linens to laundry facilities, setting up patient rooms, filing purchase orders and tracking inventory – freeing healthcare staff to focus on serving immediate patient needs more effectively. And this is just the start of what robotics has in store for healthcare.

5. Increased Efficiency

Efficiency relies heavily on eliminating waste. By employing machine learning technology for mundane tasks like interpreting imaging results and sending them off to doctors, staff are freed up to focus on more crucial endeavors.

Enhancing efficiency may involve simple design changes. For instance, one hospital found significant increases in call response times after moving the telephone operators onto care teams. Meanwhile, others have implemented cost-cutting strategies like open access scheduling or group appointments with reduced patient wait time as ways of improving efficiency.

Philips believes the best strategy to provide complete healthcare solutions lies in developing interoperable systems. We work to provide patients with a smooth journey by integrating modalities and providing insights that provide precision medicine – furthering its aim of improving outcomes, clinical quality, financial sustainability and workforce productivity.