Are Robots Disrupting Healthcare?

Harvard research groups are developing robots for a range of applications:

  • medical robots for automated and minimally invasive surgical procedures
  • autonomous search and rescue robots to assist first responders in natural or man-made disasters
  • soft wearable robots for physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • automated assembly at scales ranging from micrometer to meter
  • bioinspired robots across a range of physical scales

 

When we think of robotics in healthcare we usually associate it with futuristic movies, TV shows or not being able to witness them for another 100 years. You might be surprised at the rate and magnitude in which innovation in the robotic healthcare industry is growing.

According to the Harvard Biorobotics lab, robotics work moves beyond manufacturing and logistics operations to robots that interact with humans, are easily adaptive, and conform to unstructured environments.

 

 

 

 

 

Harvard research groups are developing robots for a range of applications:

  • medical robots for automated and minimally invasive surgical procedures
  • autonomous search and rescue robots to assist first responders in natural or man-made disasters
  • soft wearable robots for physical therapy and rehabilitation
  • automated assembly at scales ranging from micrometer to meter
  • bioinspired robots across a range of physical scales

 

True Pixel Medical has developed a remote cardiology console that is currently being used for Cardiac Ablation surgeries. While interacting with the operation theatre, the console controls the function of the equipment connected to the patient’s heart and provides real time visuals, feedback from patient’s internal organs, and insight about the patient’s physical state. The console also has a pecuniary advantage as it reduces the total cost and number of people involved in surgeries. It provides higher precision for extracting results from patient examinations while improving efficiency with easier storage and retrieval of data in hospital and clinical databases.

 

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