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David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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7/22/2014 | 5:13:59 PM
Re: Kernerworks
@vnewman- Wow, that is a great description. I knew some of out ideas of drowing were wrong, but that really put it into ghastly perspective.

I've seen our local water park do drills where they put dummies floating in the water or hide them in nooks and crannies on rides to see if the lifeguards spot them. Is that good training? Have you seen that?

And could we up that a notch or two by doing that with a robot that could position itself or move like a drowning person?
Alison_Diana
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7/22/2014 | 5:13:33 PM
Re: The Da Vinci Dilemma
True. And you can be a bad surgeon with or without a robot. Or a great one.
Alison_Diana
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7/22/2014 | 5:12:31 PM
Re: nifty, but not likely
Hmmm, i doubt it, although I suppose that's a risk. Seems to me there are clearcut cases where telemedicine works and there are clearcut places where it doesn't (where blood's involved!). As someone else mentioned here, there are also politics, jobs, and other reasons why hospitals won't go away; telemed complements existing care but i don't foresee it ever supplanting in-office (or OR) visits when face-to-face care is necessary. Although sci-fi writers would disagree, i'm sure!
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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7/22/2014 | 5:10:49 PM
Re: nifty, but not likely
@cafzali- i was at a presentaiton at HIMSS about the very topic of insurance and telemedicine. And for what it was worth, they did an informal show of hands in the room. They asked doctors if they would do a telemedicine consult even if they new that they wouldn't get paid by the insurance. Nearly all of them raised their hands saying they would. When they asked if they would do 2 per day (10 per week) without getitng paid, most raised their hands. Above that number, the hands started going down. 

So at the very least the technology is considered useful enough that doctors aren't going to worry about it here or there. It is if insurance simply never adapts that they will get cranky.
David Wagner
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7/22/2014 | 5:07:58 PM
Re: Kernerworks
Breathe like this

Ha! I suspect that the OB was just annoyed by the way you were breathing. I think the number one goal of the breath is to give you something else to think about. :)

No, I'm not breathing expert, but I'm amused. 

David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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7/22/2014 | 5:05:52 PM
Re: The Da Vinci Dilemma
@Alison- I wonder about that, too. I suspect it will probably focus the efforts a bit which isn't a bad thing. One of the things about robots in surgery is that they are just plain cool. But they aren't necessarily fot for every surgery. I think the lawsuits are making people do a better job at figuring out the right place for them. They aren't going to go away, no more than malpractice suits keep people from being doctors.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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7/22/2014 | 5:03:03 PM
Re: nifty, but not likely
@Alison- I think that's great. The one thing i worry about with telemedicine is that despite best intentions it will create two classes of medicine-- the people who can afford to be seen in perosn and the people who only get robots.

i know the argument for telepresence is that it means a world class specialist can see someon anywhere in the world. But they are still only seeing the robot. I worry that we will inadvertantly create a kind of ghetto robot medicine.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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7/22/2014 | 5:00:33 PM
Re: Kernerworks
@sferguson10001- It depends on your definition of "robot." The robot numbers include telepresence and robotic surgery devices. Telepresence is where the most money is being spent. Finding a way to expand the time on task for staff is the number one goal. The more you can keep them from travelling or doing mundane tasks they are overqualified for the more ROI you get. 

Right now that means mostly telepresence, but it will soon mean dedicated devices like RIBA. Though as great as RIBA is, we have to wonder whether some sort of altered bed with a gentle lifting mechanism makes more sense than a robot. But you get what I mean.

the other big area I think we're going to see expand is training like the trauma robot and the haptic device that teaches breast manipulation. That can be easily dismissed as a novelty, but hands on time for students is a big deal. And it is demeaning to ask a woman to submit to an entire class of students touching her to get experience.
mejiac
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7/22/2014 | 4:38:27 PM
New Frontier or Twilight Zone?
Hey Dave,

Very informative article,

I will say that I've always tought that the effort involve in human care is something that robots couldn't replace, but the break down you've provided actually does help, I mean when we thinkg about it, a robot that helps patient calm down won't be fatigued, tired or in a bad mood, so in that aspect it does add value. I would appreciate it if it was tasked to take care of my kids.

Others I definitly see the educational values...others are simply too creepy (bugs in my brain? Really?)

But, I think that with more researh and development, we'll definitly get there. Movies like Elysium provide a preview of what will it looks like when medical attention is put in the hands of robots.
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7/22/2014 | 4:02:13 PM
That therapy robot is cool...
And since I'm in physical therapy a couple of times a month for my laundry list of sports injuries, I consider myself a connoisseur of physical therapy techniques.  And like most things I'm sure it won't be covered under my health insurance... 
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