We hope you find the latest edition of The Robot Report informative. This month’s issue is devoted to healthcare robotics, in particular how the industry is responding to the COVID-19 crisis.
The insert appeared in the April 2020 print issue of Design World, sibling publication to The Robot Report, Collaborative Robotics Trends, and Robotics Business Review. The April 2020 issue includes the following articles:
COVID-19 a wake-up call for robotics developers
Suddenly, autonomous machines need to be better than just proof of concepts. They can no longer depend on on-site engineering support for edge cases. They must be robust enough to work independently across various real-life situations. The industry needs to take on much-needed reforms towards real-world autonomous systems in the following three areas.
Robotics industry responds to the COVID-19 pandemic
The novel coronavirus has increased interest in robots, drones, and artificial intelligence. These technologies can help deal with massive staffing shortages in healthcare, manufacturing, and supply chains; the need for “social distancing;” and diagnosis and treatment. We don’t yet know the long-term effects, but here are more examples of how robotics is addressing the challenges posed by the pandemic.
How robotic guidance can improve neurosurgery outcomes
Phoenix Children’s Hospital recently became the first health system in the U.S. to deploy Medtronic’s Stealth Autoguide platform, which robotically assists neurosurgeons for more accurate positioning of instruments during procedures. We spoke to Dr. Adelson about the hospital’s interest in the system and the benefits for surgeons using the robotic guidance system.
Blood-drawing robot shows promising results
The first human clinical trials of a blood sampling and testing robot promised benefits for both patients and healthcare workers, reported Rutgers University this week. The trials found that an automated blood-drawing device developed over the past six years by a Rutgers-led team performed as well or better than human clinicians.
Diligent Robotics designs Moxi to aid stressed clinicians
Even before the current global health crisis, many nurses were forced to spend time on non-nursing activities, according to a study by the Institute of Medicine. More than 30% of hospitals reported that they could not find enough candidates to fill open clinical positions, and clinician turnover was almost 20%. Diligent Robotics, an Austin, Texas-based healthcare robotics startup, is developing Moxi, a mobile manipulator designed to assist hospital personnel.
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ernst böckli says
Robotics, specially Health care Robots will be urgent in Future..COVID 19 positive side: a real great push for digital Revolution…Homescooling, Home office, Robots help at Home and in Hospitallity…COVID19 is not the End….Future will come with new challenges…So we need good Devs and Companys push …. We need more robotic….Millions of Olders and others wait… A first step is Done! a small step…Vector, the little Buddy, now by DDL help lonesome and autism… help during Crisis….we need Healtcare robots…in German we can pre-order Medisana robot, a TEMI based model included their Software for measurement devices…. and we need very sensitive Sensor…we need detection of COVID 19…f. ex. and many other that bring our health in Disorder… im think positive about our Future upcoming with integrated Robots in our Society….im also vote our Goverments should bring a own class next to human: Roboclass…Law and Rights…. Guidlines for Robots work public or at Home… Robot can do many, may not every action is needed or works against humans!!
William K. says
After viewing the video it is clear what the Moxi robot does, although no details are given. It does seem to be a useful product.
Now the cure for nursing staff “burn out” should be obvious, which is to treat them better. That “secret” has worked elsewhere very well.
Guy Bisschops says
You can detect COVID-19 with a robot…not directly but with better outcomes than PCR-tests of home antibody tests. The power of a healthcare robot is remote monitoring POC…what does that mean ? You can track (follow) your patient real time POC (point-of-care) with several measurements during the day. A scan (PET,MRI) is a snapshot…can give only limited data…COVID-19 is a respiratoire disease…it means it have something to do with your lungs and breaths…only with a camera in the robot from a distance ( no contact, no contamination) we can measure oxygen saturation, HR and Respiration rate…in the incubation period where we see no symptoms