4 Ways Robotics Play a Crucial Role in Healthcare

By Mia Barnes
on 1 April 2024

Robotics is a revolution in the healthcare industry that helps improve patient outcomes, from surgery to drug management. Here’s how it assists physicians and the various ways it plays a significant role in the field.

1. Telemedicine and Remote Monitoring

Expanding healthcare access to remote locations has been a major goal of the industry, giving rise to telemedicine. However, the barriers are exceptionally high if you live in far-flung areas and underserved communities. Roughly 46 million Americans living in rural areas must take time off work to visit their doctors. The hour or two drive can discourage many from seeking help.

Robotics boosts the power of telemedicine. Two areas of technology combined into one have made it possible for providers to conduct remote consultations, use telepresence to detect symptoms early on and monitor health. For patients, it makes access to real-time care data and resources convenient.


2. Robotic Surgery and Smart Imaging

Technology has also enhanced surgery precision. In turn, it has reduced recovery times and patients enjoy a higher quality of life while convalescing. A great example is the da Vinci surgical system, which made minimally invasive surgery more accessible. With the help of a computer, surgeons can control micro-movements to make precise slits during operations. Fewer and smaller incisions mean shorter recovery time.

This is possible by pairing it with another technology. Your surgeon can use smart imaging with robotics — another emerging healthcare trend — to get detailed and real-time views of bodily structures so they can create a precise plan and better navigation of the procedure.

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3. Rehabilitation Robotics

Robotic systems also accelerate your rehabilitation post-surgery or injury. Mobility aids are equipped with sensors, actuators, batteries and software that support restoring your range of motion, strength and motor functions.

One example is an exoskeleton that detects, amplifies and corrects your movements. Those who use it expend 17% less energy and walk 9% faster. It enhances overall physical performance with ease.

4. Drug Management and Delivery

Prescription nonadherence and errors are another major health problem worldwide. Mobile app pharmacies can improve medication adherence by 20%, but robotics can take this further. Some can serve as memory support systems, reminding you when to take your pills.

A robotic pharmacy can dispense medicine bottles accurately, automating the process and supporting better drug logistics. It’s handy for women who take multiple pills, like vitamin C, iron, magnesium and other supplements and medications, to care for their health from head to toe. It’s integrated with built-in software for easy drug inventory and tracking.

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Robotics Is the Future of Healthcare

It’s not an understatement to say robotics will transform the industry and take patient care a notch higher. After all, this technology is built with your interests in mind. It will increase access to care services, empower surgeons to perform minimally invasive operations, support those in rehab therapy and streamline medication dispensing. You can look forward to improved services as innovations enter the scene.

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