When people think of robotics, they often think about warehouses or manufacturing lines, where robots automate multiple processes. But robotics has the potential to reshape the way healthcare is delivered in a variety of applications and locales. While we’re a long way from a robot replacing a physician, there are many opportunities to provide automation in the healthcare arena that can reduce costs, improve quality of care, and free up healthcare workers’ time to focus more on patient care.
"There is an incredible opportunity for robotics technology to help fill care gaps and help aid healthcare workers."
Reducing human error and providing a more precise set of tools for the most complicated surgeries, the market for surgical robots is expected to be one of the fastest growing markets for healthcare related robots.
One of the more exciting areas of development are robotic devices, such as exoskeletons, than can assist people with disabilities become more mobile and live more normal lives.
Robots that provide telemedical devices that allow a physician to remotely interact, diagnose, and recommend treatment to patients will become more prevalent in clinics around the world.