If you or anyone you know has needed surgery recently, you may have been surprised to learn that healthcare robotics was an option. A number of different surgeries now make use of robot assistance, but many people don’t know that robotic surgeries aren’t a new concept. Even as far back as 1985, physicians had plans to use machines in healthcare.
Healthcare robotics have come a long way, but the robots are still very much under the control of humans. Doctors use robots for a steady hand and precise movements, but robots have yet to do the surgeries on their own. Do you think that will change in 2021? Will humans trust robots with their lives? Even if some won’t, here are some ways robots can help out.
Healthcare Robotics Improve Human Abilities
Surgeons can be a marvel to watch in the operating room. Even after hours of surgery, they can often make precise incisions, patch up wounds, and maintain uncompromised attention. But they’re not perfect. Healthcare robotics still have some advantages over their human counterparts. They don’t have emotions, never get tired, and you can’t distract them.
Sounds like a surgeon you’d want working on you, doesn’t it? Healthcare robotics let human surgeons take more of a supervisory role. And many of the tools that robots use are far smaller than anything humans can control. After surgery, robotics continue to help. Exoskeletons provide therapy to paralyzed patients, and robotic limbs can offer them independence.
Robotics Make Diagnosis and Treatment Easier
Artificial intelligence can detect patterns in scans and samples that physicians might miss. Machines can find correlations that even doctors and programmers didn’t know were there. Robots have shown remarkable accuracy that rivals even the best, most experienced doctors. After diagnosing a problem, robots can begin treatment immediately.
Healthcare robots have shown to be especially effective at developing and executing treatment plans. Robotic arms can integrate with knowledge libraries to suggest the best tool to use for the job during surgery. Simple bot-pills can perform an endoscopy in a far less invasive manner than traditional methods. The pill sends images as it travels through the digestive system and then is naturally eliminated from the body. All these capabilities significantly improve patient care.
Learn more about hospitals implementing robotics for delicate operations in our blog post Robotic Surgery: The Role of AI and Collaborative Robots.