Robotics in healthcare

The endless challenges of getting accepted into medical school and graduating to become a doctor is something relatable to all doctors. So the introduction of robotics have both pros and cons, considering they will have a shocking influence on the medical sector in the future.

Even though, introducing robotics into hospitals etc. would be very new to both patients and all healthcare staff themselves, they would increase the productivity of doctors. Doctors could save more than half their time in diagnosing, monitoring patients, prescribing medication. This would be especially more helpful due to the overwhelming number of patients in hospitals and GP’s. Surgeries and operations would be less time consuming so majority of the strain and stress doctors experience would be off their shoulders. Considering this situation, this has an immense knock on effect on the whole medical sector. For example, more patients can be treated per day, which means there are an increased number of spaces for patients most in need.

I watched a short clip about robotic surgery, which fascinated me as to how robots can be used in order to perform surgery in a much shorter time. The surgeons use a console to control the robot and handles are used to make movements, which a robot would mirror. Robots can identify hard to reach areas, which are difficult to perform by the human hand. Therefore, there is improved vision, instrumental control and dexterity, which results in less pain for patients and quicker recovery time.

However, many are in doubt whether the development of robotics will lead to decreasing the healthcare roles and jobs. Importantly, it is extremely expensive to use robotics and it is unlikely a robot can replace the basic doctor- patient relationship. The emergence of robotics in healthcare is not new as the in 1999 the da Vinci surgical system which became one of the first robotic-assisted surgical systems to gain clearance. It has been benficial ; for example, one outcome is reducing the number of complications associated with hysterectomy for benign conditions.

Therefore, the fast development which will be seen in the healthcare sector soon will lead to many changes that will hopefully be helpful for doctors to manage complication with patients and the healthcare sector overall.

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