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Healthcare Assistive Robots Help to Cure Patients, but Guard Doctors and Nurses Too!

Many hospitals around the world have started to take robot’s assistance to treat patients and lessen the human to human interaction to contain the spread of COVID-19. With rising adoptions and government initiatives, experts predict that the healthcare assistive robots market will witness wide range of opportunities in the future.
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Tommy, one of the assistive robots, is helping doctors and nurses to care for coronavirus infected patients at the Circolo Hospital in Varese, a city situated in the northern Lombardy region, the epicentre of an outbreak in Italy.

Coronavirus infected patients are increasing exponentially worldwide and healthcare specialists and paramedics are fighting to defeat the disease. Even if there is a high risk of infection, they are dealing with every type of patients continuously. More than 60 doctors in Italy died because of the COVID-19 infection. So, if the robots interact with patients, the health risk for these doctors and other medical staff can be reduced.

About the Tommy, Dr. Francesco Dentali, director of intensive care unit at Circolo Hospital said to Reuters, “It’s like having another nurse without problems related to infection”. Not just Tommy, but many hospitals have started to take robot’s assistance to treat patients and lessen the human to human interaction to contain the spread.

It has been seen that, in recent years, assistive robots in healthcare have been revolutionizing the industry. An assistive robot in healthcare is a device made to sense, process sensory information as well as perform actions that can benefit seniors and people with disabilities. This robot performs physical task for the well-being of a person with disability. The task is embedded on the basis of normal human activities of daily living (ADLs) and would have to be performed by attendant robots.

As per the research report of The Insight Partners on the healthcare assistive robot market, this market is expected to grow with a significant rate in coming years owing to the factors such as:

  • rise in funds for R&D on robotics technology
  • increase in the incidence of stroke globally
  • rapid adoption and implementation of technology in healthcare industry
  • favourable government regulations
  • spread of awareness coupled with efforts to promote robotic research.

Some of the major companies such as Barrett Technology, Cyberdyne Inc., Auris Health, Inc., Honda Motor Co., Ltd., and Kinova Inc. are already influencing the healthcare assistive robot market. Plus, to come up with next gen robotic solutions, many robotics companies and healthcare organizations are performing mergers and acquisitions.

North America has largest share and it is expected that it will dominate healthcare assistive robot market in the coming years. But, to bridge the gap between geriatric population and rising adoption of assistive robots, healthcare assistive robot market in Asia Pacific region is predicted to grow at the fastest rate, states the industry analysts.

Neha Mule

Neha writes articles on sectors including medicine, food, materials, and science & technology. A qualified statistician, she has the ability to observe and analyze the trends in global markets and write compelling articles that help CXOs in decision making. She is a bookworm and loves to read fiction, lifestyle, science and technology. Neha comes with 6 years of experience in content writing and editing that involves blog writing, preparation of study materials and OERs.

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