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Robotics in Healthcare
%5Bvc_row+equal_height%3D%22yes%22%5D%5Bvc_column%5D%5Bvc_single_image+image%3D%225097%22+img_size%3D%22full%22+alignment%3D%22center%22%5D%5Bultimate_spacer+height%3D%2230%22+height_on_tabs%3D%2215%22+height_on_tabs_portrait%3D%2215%22+height_on_mob_landscape%3D%2215%22+height_on_mob%3D%2215%22%5D%5B%2Fvc_column%5D%5B%2Fvc_row%5D%5Bvc_row+css%3D%22.vc_custom_1561037856751%7Bpadding-top%3A+20px+%21important%3Bpadding-bottom%3A+20px+%21important%3B%7D%22%5D%5Bvc_column%5D%5Bvc_column_text+el_class%3D%22post-text%22%5DThis+is+an+article+written+by+%3Ca+href%3D%22http%3A%2F%2Flinkedin.com%2Fin%2Fdaniel-steffen-32bbb1164%22+target%3D%22_blank%22+rel%3D%22noopener+noreferrer%22%3EDaniel+Steffen%3C%2Fa%3E%2C+Senior+Investment+Manager+of+IBB%E2%80%99s+Life+Sciences+team.+Recently+he+shared+a+few+insights+into+%3Ca+href%3D%22https%3A%2F%2Fwww.frontiers.health%2Fthe-digitization-of-elderly-care%2F%22%3EDigitization+of+Elderly+Care%3C%2Fa%3E+and+how+novel+solutions+can+relieve+both+caregiving+relatives+and+care+professionals+as+well+as+improve+quality+of+live+for+elderly+at+home+or+in+care+facilities.+However%2C+there+are+some+areas+of+application%2C+where+first+solutions+already+are+on+the+market%2C+but+not+in+broader+usage+or+even+not+yet+market-ready.+As+an+example+for+one+of+these+areas%2C+with+potentials+not+only+in+elderly+care+but+in+healthcare+in+general%2C+he+will+share+some+ideas+on+%3Cem%3ERobotic+Systems%3C%2Fem%3E+in+this+blog+post.%0D%0A%0D%0AThe+concept+of+robotics+in+healthcare+is+not+new.+Already+in+1985+a+first+clinical+evaluation+had+been+published+on+how+a+robot+arm+can+support+persons+who+had+injuries+to+their+spinal+cord.+That+is+why+it+seems+a+bit+surprising%2C+that+today%E2%80%99s+uptake+of+robotic+solutions+is+still+relatively+low.+In+recent+years%2C+however%2C+several+companies+launched+new+robots.+Some+serve+as+companions%2C+some+take+over+routines+in+facilities%2C+some+can+even+support+in+physical+rehabilitation%2C+and+some+can+even+lead+to+better+outcomes+in+surgery.+Let%E2%80%99s+have+a+look+at+some+of+these+advancements+in+robotics%21%0D%0A%0D%0A%3Cstrong%3E%C2%A0%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3Cstrong%3ESurgical+Robots%3C%2Fstrong%3E%0D%0A%0D%0ARobotic+surgery+is+a+type+of+highly+precise+minimally+invasive+surgery+which+comes+with+smaller+incisions%2C+less+bleedings%2C+less+body+trauma+and+faster+recovery+times.%0D%0A%0D%0AThe+best+known+solution+on+the+market+is+Intuitive+Surgical%E2%80%99s+%3Ca+href%3D%22https%3A%2F%2Fwww.intuitive.com%2Fen-us%2Fproducts-and-services%2Fda-vinci%22%3E%3Cstrong%3EdaVinci+System%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3C%2Fa%3E+which+allows+performing+surgery+by+using+highly+dexterous+robot+arms+the+surgeon+manoeuvres+via+a+console.+During+surgery%2C+the+surgeon+can+control+the+robotic+arms+through+movement+of+their+own+hands+and+wrists.+Today+the+system+is+in+broad+use+for+cardiac%2C+colorectal%2C+gynaecological+and+thoracic+procedures.%0D%0A%0D%0AAnother+example+is+the+%3Ca+href%3D%22https%3A%2F%2Faot.swiss%2Fen%2Fcarlo%2F%22%3E%3Cstrong%3ECARLO+System%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3C%2Fa%3E+by+Swiss-based+AOT.+AOT+developed+the+first+solution+to+cut+human+bone+with+a+photoablation+laser+osteome+instead+of+traditional+tools+like+saws%2C+drills+and+mills%2C+so+that+bone+tissue+remains+vital+and+intact.+After+being+programmed+by+the+surgeon%2C+the+CARLO+device+will%2C+contrary+to+the+daVinci+system%2C+perform+surgery+autonomously.%0D%0A%0D%0ASome+solutions+come+as+an+intraoperative+assistant+to+support+surgeons+for+example+during+neurosurgery.+On+basis+of+technology+previously+used+on+the+ISS%2C+Synaptive+Medical+developed+the+%3Ca+href%3D%22https%3A%2F%2Fwww.synaptivemedical.com%2Fproducts%2Fmodus-v%2F%22%3E%3Cstrong%3EModus+V%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3C%2Fa%3E%2C+a+robotic+arm+which+consists+of+a+digital+microscope+and+a+high-definition+exoscope.+Together+with+specific+navigation+software%2C+the+system+automatically+positions+the+microscope+to+enhance+the+surgeon%E2%80%99s+field+of+vision+and+to+optimally+visualize+brain+images.%0D%0A%0D%0A%3Cstrong%3ECompanion+%26amp%3B+Service+Robots%3C%2Fstrong%3E%0D%0A%0D%0ADue+to+its+demographic+challenges+and+an+overall+highly+positive+perception%2C+Japan+has+a+leading+position+in+development+and+usage+of+robotic+systems%2C+especially+companion+and+service+solutions.+Companion+robots+typically+come+in+semi-humanoid+form+and+perform+entertaining+and+motivating+functions+for+sick+and+elderly+patients.+Some+remind+patients+to+take+their+medication+or+even+perform+check-up+routines+such+as+temperature+and+blood+pressure.%0D%0A%0D%0ALeading+examples+are+interaction-robots+like+Softbank%E2%80%99s+%3Ca+href%3D%22https%3A%2F%2Fwww.softbankrobotics.com%2Fus%2Fpepper%22%3E%3Cstrong%3EPEPPER%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3C%2Fa%3E+and+%3Ca+href%3D%22https%3A%2F%2Fzorarobotics.be%2Findex.php%2Fen%2Fhealthcare%22%3E%3Cstrong%3EZora%3C%2Fstrong%3E%3C%2Fa%3E.+Zora+is+a+combination+of+Softbank%E2%80%99s+NANO+robot+and+Belgium-based+Zora+Bots%E2%80%99+software+solution.+Both+are+getting+continuously+further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