Progress in Robotics and what that means for Innovation in Healthcare

By Michael Watkins

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Robotics is one of the most rapidly expanding industries in the world, boasting the potential to revolutionize how we make progress in just about every other industry you can imagine. Advancements in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other technologies mean that robots are now more advanced than at any other time in human history.

Particularly interesting is the improvements that the use of Robotics could inspire in the Healthcare industry. In this blog, we’re going to look at what the current trends in the Robotics industry are, how it is being utilized right now across healthcare providers, and where this could take us into the future.

Key Trends in Robotics

Several key trends are shaping the activity of the Robotics industry in 2023. The first major one involves the integration, upgrading, and deployment of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning into existing robotics systems. This progress gives robots the capability to learn from their environment and act on the data which they collect.

Another key trend involves something known as ‘cobots’. This abbreviation on the phrase ‘collaborative robots’ refers to robots which are designed to work alongside human beings, filling in gaps in the workplace that have either become too dangerous or difficult for humans to do alone. Because these ‘cobots’ can be programmed differently depending on industry and business context, the scale of this impact could be boundless.

Finally, the trend towards personalized robotics is well and truly underway. This moves robotics closer to the need of meeting specific, individual requirements of users. This is, obviously, hugely important in ‘assistive robotics’, which aims to help living with disabilities or age-related needs.

Robotics in Healthcare

Considering these trends, it is easy to see how the Robotics industry is increasingly of interest to Healthcare providers. Currently, Robotics are deployed at present as part of robotic-assisted surgeries. This involves a robot which is operated by a surgeon, enabling greater precision and control over tools and procedures which improves patient outcomes.

Robotics are also used to assist in the practice of rehabilitation. Following an injury, some robots are designed to assist patients with movements that are difficult or painful, ensuring they eventually regain strength and mobility.

Where next for Robotics in Healthcare?

As well as improving on their already-existing footprint in the Healthcare industry, there’s a lot of potential for where Robotics can go next. Mostly, these next steps are currently viewed as an opportunity to fill in the gaps that currently exist in the healthcare system.

Globally, there is a shortage in the ability to treat, look after, and emotionally support patients who are in long-term care facilities or are homebound. As the average age of the population continues to increase, this problem is only going to become more widespread.

It is hoped that continued innovation in Robotics will mean that this is a problem we can begin to solve, offering companionship, entertainment, and care for those who most readily need it.

Beyond that, the use of Robotics will likely extend even further into the world of ‘nanobots’. This refers to nanotechnology, deployed as a way of performing medical tasks within the body, including the repairing of muscle tissue, and even destroying cancer cells. As a solution, this exists far in the future, but the potential is always a hugely exciting part of future innovations.

In this blog, we’ve looked at the world of Robotics. Having explained some of the key trends influencing the industry at present in 2023, we’ve also illustrated how these technologies are deployed in healthcare specifically. Following that, we’ve also looked at how the relationship between healthcare and robotics could grow into the future.

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By Michael Watkins

Michael is Wazoku's Product and Brand Marketing lead. Away from the office, he's our resident film buff, so if you want some recommendations for a night in front of Netflix or a trip to your local cinema, get in touch with him!