Technology has been evolving rapidly in almost every sector in the world today. Well, healthcare is on the top right now, all thanks to COVID-19. The coronavirus outbreak has made everyone realize the true potential of technological advancements and robotics is one of them. This blog presents a detailed overview on how robotics are revolutionizing the healthcare industry.
The Rise of Robots during COVID-19
To avoid the spread of COVID-19 at the population level, medical robots or healthcare robots are gradually involved in several roles, such as
- Sanitizing patients’ quarters
- Distributing medications
- Applying meals to ill people
- Assisting surgeries
- Keeping company
Isn’t this great?
Well, believe it or not, these are the tasks medical robots will soon completely undertake in hospitals, pharmacies, or your nearest doctor’s office. In fact, for the current pandemic situation, the integration of a robot acts as a shielding layer in the hospital, physically separating the healthcare worker and patient. It is a powerful tool to combat the omnipresent fear of pathogen contamination and maintain surgical amounts.
Benefits of Robotics for Healthcare Providers & Patients
There are several advantages for healthcare providers and patients when robots become part of the services offered. Have a look-
- Provide assistance to patients or visitors anytime
- Eliminate human error in complicated, high-risk procedures
- Error-free diagnosis and treatment
- Reduce the time required for surgeries
- Improve patient recovery time
- Shorten hospital stays
- Create targeted and personalized treatments
Unitedly, all these benefits act as a prominent growth factor for the healthcare robotics market. According to the latest research report, the global healthcare robotics market is estimated to thrive at around $11 Billion by 2026 at a whopping CAGR of 21.5%.
In fact, increasing usage of AI technology, the issuance of IPOs by medical robot companies, rising patient preference for minimally invasive surgeries, supply shortage of medical professionals, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of critical surgeries is highly contributing towards growth for the healthcare robotics market.
What’s More for Healthcare Robotic Future?
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to new interest in ‘telerobotic systems’ allowing clinicians to perform care delivery tasks at a distance. Wondering how?
Here it is-
Beyond keeping healthcare workers safe and reducing the use of PPE, telenursing robots also have applications in treating immunocompromised patients. In addition, it can improve access to healthcare in rural areas, and helps seniors age in place. In fact, patients could be given a dedicated robot in a quarantine room to perform all physical interaction.
Most importantly, this would be particularly useful in remote areas with poor access to emergency.
Top Companies Investing in Healthcare Robots
Johnson and Johnson- Creating a robot to perform orthopedic surgical procedures.
MZOR- Developing a robotic surgical guidance system to transform free-hand spine surgery into a robotic guided procedure.
Titan Medical- Developing a robotic system known as Single Port Orifice Robotic Technology (SPORT) with 3D vision and instrument control technology.
Hensen Medical– Developing a robotic system i.e. Magellan Robotic System for controlling, monitoring, and positioning the catheter in the patients.
Even though the technology is expensive, the use of robots is changing healthcare, and, in several ways, it will continue to do so in the coming years as well.