Robots Soon to be Widely Used in Health Care Sectors to Perform Basic Operations
Health care professionals are responsible for saving millions of people’s lives from the effects of COVID-19. They put their life on the line to save to people from the virus but in the process of treating these patients, even they get effected with it. Therefore, human interaction between patients and healthcare professionals can be minimized with the application of robots in the health care sectors.
The pandemic has immensely affected the health sector in innumerable ways, and hence the sector has witnessed a significant growth in the last couple of years due to the increasing chronic illness among people especially after the outbreak of COVID-19. But the increasing number of cases also endangers the health and even life of the healthcare workers. This is because they efficiently take care of the COVID infected patients being admitted to the hospitals, and hence in the process of treatment of these patients, multiple healthcare workers also get infected with the virus by coming in close contact with the patients. Therefore, an effective solution to this problem was extremely crucial considering the well being of the health care professionals.
How Can Robots Be used in Health Care Services?
Robots are considered to be the future of various industries due to their high level of efficiency to perform any task administered to it. They save time, reduce the overall manual labour, and perform multiple tasks with a great deal of potency. Robots are an ideal solution to combat not only this outbreak but several other outbreaks that may come up in the near future. There is an immediate need to limit the human interaction in the health care sector which can be done with the help of robots. Hence, they can manage multiple health care services which would be beneficial not only to the health care workers but also to the admitted patients.
The robots are so designed to manage general interactions with the patients and even handle the basic operations of the health care services like giving general instructions to the patients, performing nasal swab test, and so on. As a matter of fact, when trials on these robots were carried out, it was witnessed that most of the patients were content with the robotic system’s performance and interaction. A series of features are also added on the robot that enables them to calculate things like temperature, pulse rate, blood oxygen saturation levels, and so on. Therefore, robots can be of great help to not only minimize the interaction between health care workers and patients but also to carry out various other operations in health care sectors much more efficiently.
Benefits of Using Robots in Health Care Services
First of all, the application of robots can help the health sectors save a lot money which is otherwise spent on the manual labour. Robots can perform those tasks with a much higher efficiency without consuming much of time and energy. They can perform multiple recurrent tasks so that the real professionals are left with much energy and focus to deal with the principal problem among the patients. Therefore, robots can perform basic tasks like drawing blood samples, performing tests, and so on. Companies have started created robots especially for health care services by combining a blend of powerful technology and human touch to efficiently perform tasks and interact with patients at the same time. Robots are also used in rehabilitation purposes for treating paralysis and severe injuries like fractures, distortion, and so on.
Risks Associated with Robots in Health Care Services
Adoption of robots in health care sectors can initially be expensive. Moreover, some patients are reluctant to be treated or interacted with robots due to the lack of human touch, warmth, comfort, and assurance that they otherwise get from the healthcare professionals. In spite of providing a high degree a precision, robots can be subjected to some level of malfunctions. But there is no room for errors in the healthcare sector since even a minor flaw in any of the tasks performed by robots can be detrimental to the patient and the organisation.
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