Robots in the medical field are transforming the way operations are performed and freeing up time for hospital or laboratory staff.
The first robots in the medical field appeared in the 1980s, providing surgical assistance through robotic arm technologies. Over the years, artificial intelligence (AI), computer vision and data analysis have transformed healthcare robotics, extending its capabilities to many other areas of healthcare.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals and clinics began deploying robots for a much wider range of tasks to reduce exposure to pathogens. It has become clear that the operational efficiencies and risk reduction offered by healthcare robotics are assets in many areas.
As technologies evolve, robots will operate more autonomously. As a result, doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers can focus on bringing greater empathy to patient care.
Here is an infographic powered by Skopai which illustrates the place of start-ups in the medical robot ecosystem. This is the future.