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Robots For Caretakers
The populations of many countries, including the United States, are aging. With more patients each year, many hospitals and healthcare organizations are experiencing staffing shortages and fueling worry about their ability to provide quality care for all patients. Enter…robots?
The robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) industries have come a long way in the last few years. Healthcare robotics in particular, is set to double by 2020, reaching $480 million. While some people are afraid that robots will take over their jobs—and the world—the truth is that they’re just the next phase of automation and industrialization.
Today’s healthcare robots are designed to help doctors and nurses, not replace them. By taking over tedious, time-consuming, dirty jobs for healthcare professionals, the robots help overburdened workers and allow them to focus on patient care, connection, and other duties robots are not qualified to take on.
So how soon could it be before we start seeing nurse robots? Japan is already testing them, using them in around 5000 nursing care institutions. There’s still a long way to go, but they could become an important part of solving the healthcare crisis. Check out this infographic from Ohio University’s Master of Science in Nursing program for more information.
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