The health care industry relies heavily on automation to create the best outcomes for medical patients and professionals alike. Whether performing precise repetitive tasks or assisting in surgeries, robots have become feature players in the medical field.

Because of its ability to improve patient care and reduce medical errors, the collaboration between humans and robots offers a popular solution in health care automation. In a recent A3 article, TECH B2B’s John Lewis discusses how the automation revolution in health care can drive accuracy, decrease mistakes, and deliver better patient care.

Examples include a robot-mounted linear accelerator that targets radiation in patients while minimizing damage to the surrounding tissues, and a coordinated motion system designed for patient and equipment safety by preventing collisions between the C-arm and table for angioplasty suites. Robots have also become ubiquitous in a variety of complex surgical applications. In cranial maxillofacial surgery, robots can perform precise laser cuts to the jaw, which reduces recovery time compared with traditional bone-cutting methods. Meanwhile, under the guidance of a surgeon, an autonomously operating robotic arm featuring vision technology and sensors accurately performs photo keratomileusis, a type of cataract surgery.

In another use case, a robotic platform helps surgeons plan and perform intricate neurosurgical procedures in a minimally invasive matter. The results include improved speed and accuracy of the surgery while reducing the risk of patient complications. Another application allows surgeons to control a robot-mounted camera using head movements to change the system’s position. It also reduces fatigue and improves ergonomics because the surgeon can remain seated during the procedure.

Like their surgical counterparts, hospital robots can free up staff to perform more meaningful tasks by disinfecting medical equipment or observing patients’ vital signs. These autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) fall into four categories:

  • General use robots, typically used to transport food or deliver linens
  • Complex or sterile robots, designed to handle more delicate tasks such as the delivery of medical instruments and disinfecting lab equipment
  • Secure robots, equipped with RFID or cameras to safely transport narcotics or blood samples
  • Cleaning and sterilization robots, delegated to sanitation tasks such as floor cleaning and UV sterilization that use lidar technology to navigate

Beyond the operating room and hospital floor, robots help further automate laboratories because of their ability to precisely and consistently perform sample preparation and other intricate jobs. On the physical rehabilitation front, robots help patients recover from injuries through range-of-motion exercises.

Read Lewis’s full article on the A3 website to learn more.

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