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Patients like robots for care delivery as per the MIT and BWG researchers

As per the suggestion of the results, individuals are open to robotic systems to perform routine tasks for medical care.

Regarding a study in the journal of the American Medical Association Network has found that most of the participants are believing in the robotic system. Also, it is quite acceptable for healthcare tasks to apply robots for care delivery.

The researchers from MIT and Brigham and Women’s hospital initially conducted an online survey. This was to ask 1000 people about the acceptance of robots in healthcare. 

After that, they tested one of their robots which is a dog alike. The researchers in Boston Dynamics have developed it. It was tested in the emergency department of Brigham and Women’s last spring.

Giovanni Traverso, MIT assistant professor, says that they are actively working on robots that are capable of caring and maximizing safety.

Automating tasks can become more important at a time when the hospitals have to maintain physical distancing for safety reasons. As the COVID pandemic began last year, the research team worked with Boston Dynamics to create a mobile robot. The characteristics were it can interact with patients who are waiting in ED.

The robot sensors can measure signs like skin temperature, rate of breathing, pulse rate, blood, and oxygen saturation. Also, it can carry an iPad that allows for remote video communication with the help of a provider.

The online survey found that the majority of participants believe in the robotic system for a variety of healthcare tasks. As the researchers used one of their robotics Dr. Spot in the emergency department to interview 41 patients, more than 90% reported satisfied.

The medical robots are making an increasing appearance in the health care system worldwide with the Bahrain COVID-19 isolation unit. The unit is deploying the trial program with three medical robots from May last year.

These devices are going to provide more protection to medical personnel while reducing disease transmission. Also, it protects the sanitation workers from constant exposure to the patients and chemicals.