Robots in healthcare
An automated future
Robotics is set to be a $1.2 trillion business by 2025 (€1.05 trillion); and many industries from manufacturing and logistics to real estate and tourism are starting to seriously consider facilitating a more automated future. Faced with a myriad of strains, the healthcare sector across Europe is also starting to explore the integration of robotics in order to meet the demands of an ageing population, and growing instances of lifestyle diseases among a population that is living longer and on limited budgets.
Epson’s vision for the future is a world where robots and people coexist, working together seamlessly and safely, in a normal environment that is not specifically set-up for robots (for example, an operating room with no special “robot-friendly” layout). Epson envisions a future where robots will be able to conduct tasks with more dexterity, flexibility, and control; and the company’s new technologies will help to move this forward in the healthcare industry. Healthcare will evolve into a future where better healthcare solutions will be higher in demand, and robots will be able to supply this demand.
One step closer to achieving this vision, Epson has introduced its new Force Guide Sensor technology in Europe, which, when used in conjunction with Epson’s N-Series robots, will enable robots to automatically modulate the force they apply to objects. This allows them to navigate complex tasks that formerly required human sensory perception. Epson’s image processing technology would also allow robots in healthcare to accurately recognize the shape and orientation of objects in addition to providing enhanced vision capabilities compared to the naked human eye.
In addition to reducing the potential of human error, robots have no working-hour limit and no muscle-related fatigue during long and intricate surgeries. With cost reduction being a high-priority for healthcare systems worldwide, following the initial outlay, robotics will go a long way to creating more efficient financials for hospitals and care-giving institutions (for example, care-giver robots that can help the elderly in their homes).
With a willingness in the medical profession to implement automated assistance, this technology paves the way for a new and better way of working across the healthcare industry, and the benefits will be seen by medical staff and patients alike.
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