MIT and BWH Researchers Delivering the Robotic Services for Healthcare Tasks

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In 2020, coronavirus started spreading all over the world, and the concept of social distancing became known as the ‘new normal. The government announced special safety measures like making masks compulsory, maintaining a 6-ft distance from others, as well as sanitizing surfaces and tools. However, many companies have started using robot services to deal with the social distance barrier in an easy way.

As per World Robotics Service, Robots 2020 report found that professional and domestic robot services are in greater demand. The brainstorming on robot services increased in 2019, which later became increased due to the rise in coronavirus cases worldwide. The unit sale services of robots were 23.2 million which further increased up to 15% in 2020.

A recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association Network Open claimed that the implementation of robotic services in healthcare setups is quite worthwhile.

The first online survey was conducted by MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital with around 1000 people. The survey was conducted to take opinions regarding the compatibility of robots for healthcare purposes. Later on, Boston Dynamics tested one of the dog-like robots in the emergency department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

 MIT assistant professor Giovanni Traverso stated, “We’re actively working on bots that can help provide care to maximize the safety of both the patient and the healthcare workforce.”

This trial encourages the people in getting engaged in this project with full confidence and willingness.

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Why Robotic systems are at the front in the healthcare system?

With support from Boston Dynamics, researchers operated the mobile robot for patient’s services to measure vital signs such as skin temperature, breathing rate, pulse rate, and blood oxygen saturation, with an automated iPad for remote video communication with a provider.

The robotic system helps to maintain a physical distance from people while performing routine treatments. Nowadays, the usage of robots is on top.

Researchers also ran a robot named Dr.spot in the emergency department which can take interviews of 41 people through remote videos. Almost 90% of patients gave a satisfactory response to the setup.

Unexpectedly, robot care is quite efficient for COVID patients who can interact through tele-triage. The system creates a distance around the patients, which turns out to be a huge success.

Get your nation COVID free through robot care!

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