Robots are defined as machine which are controlled by computer that perform task automatically according to Cambridge dictionary. The invention of robots does not only contribute in industrial field but also in healthcare. With medical robotics, the capabilities of robots in healthcare had become broader. Nowadays, more and more robots are employed in the hospitals to ease their services. Don’t be surprised, if one day, you are greeted by those ‘talking machines’ instead of one of our own. What are the challenges of adopting robots in healthcare?
Emotional Support and Development
Human interactions Humans are an emotional beings. This is the main issue when dealing with patients as they are more sensitive or vulnerable due to their disease. While robots are capable in taking over almost all tasks as a caregiver, they are unable to provide human interaction which is essential for development of human beings.
Social acceptance is one of the main challenges for using robots in healthcare. Using robots as a helper in public will indirectly advertise their disability or diseases to the public. While some might not care, there will be some patient which are displease with being the center of attraction thus causing them to refuse to continue using the robots. This call for the manufacturers to use design that makes the medical robots fit for social acceptance.
Privacy and Security
Robots adoption in healthcare involves a lot of data collection through surveillance camera, sensors and much more. The data such video and images as well as location may be manipulated by hackers for various cybercrime.
The main advantages of robots is that it can function and carry out repetitive tasks without exhaustion. Nevertheless, the development of power source of robots are lacking as the robots still depend on the old ways of power generation and storage techniques. As a results, robots are inefficient in term of energy consumption.
While the contribution of robots in healthcare are undeniably beneficial, the adoption of robots into any organisation is a challenging process. Numbers of consideration and researches are required in order to provide efficient implementation and outcomes.
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