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10 More Robots That Could Change Healthcare
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PedroGonzales
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7/23/2014 | 10:40:43 AM
Re: Creepy but cool
I think the robot that will be make the greater difference will be the robot that grows hair for men.  Although, baldness is not a disease that kills people. Many men for centuries are trying to get their hair back.  If the robot is successfull and can go to the market.  I have a a feeling that it will become the number one robot on the planet.
SaneIT
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7/23/2014 | 7:37:52 AM
Creepy but cool
As creepy as a maggot bot sounds, the ability to make a tiny robot that can move through delicate parts of the body to reach a tumor and destroy it is an amazing concept.  This isn't just great for brain tumors, it would be amazing for any tumor if they can get the bot into the tumor and cause minimal damage in the process.  Imagine doctors not having to cut giant holes in people to get to tumors destroying nerves and blood supplies in the process.  This seems like the ultimate in targeted treatment.  

 

I'm also a bit surprised you didn't mention the sperm extraction bot that was all over the tech sites about a month ago. 
Gigi3
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7/23/2014 | 2:53:09 AM
Re: nifty, but not likely
"were the MRI readers in another country? A lot of radiology is outsourced these days to India or Australia, so that while we all sleep, your X-Ray is being analyzed by someone thousands of miles away and an assessment is ready by morning East Coast time."

Broadway, that's the advantage of technology and connectivity. They can have the result at a low cost too; but may not happen at real time scenario because of the difference in time frame.
Broadway0474
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7/22/2014 | 11:33:48 PM
Re: nifty, but not likely
David, were the MRI readers in another country? A lot of radiology is outsourced these days to India or Australia, so that while we all sleep, your X-Ray is being analyzed by someone thousands of miles away and an assessment is ready by morning East Coast time.
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7/22/2014 | 8:59:00 PM
A Good Use of Robotics

It is really encouraging to see the use of robots in hospitals.  I think healthcare is a great sector to really make advances in the use of robotics.  

The fun uses of robotics is well documented,  but within HealthCare - robots can make a real difference.

vnewman2
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7/22/2014 | 6:23:33 PM
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@David - although I think the dummies are good for drawing the guard's eye to a body in the water, nothing can replace a moving, seemingly live drowning victim.  So, IMO, 

"Could we up that a notch or two by doing that with a robot that could position itself or move like a drowning person?"

Definitely.  That would be a stellar idea.

In the 10 years of my lifeguard career I only saw one drowning fatality (wish I could say none but...) and it was in a huge community pool with hundreds of people around.  No one saw or heard anything.  Not the guards, not any of the swimmers.

An 8-year-old boy was left by his parents with his 13-year-old brother at the pool while they were visiting from out of town.  The boy didn't know how to swim.  The brother left to go to the pizza place to go play video games.  The boy apparently jumped off the diving board into 12 feet of water and never surfaced.  We surmised he hit his head or just couldn't make it up in time to breathe.  I was guarding the baby pool at the time and remember seeing the head guard fishing his body from the water after his brother came back looking for him and could not find him.

Simply tragic.

 
David Wagner
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7/22/2014 | 5:20:41 PM
Re: nifty, but not likely
@Alison- Fair enough. I guess my recent experience with my knee injury has colored my opinions. The doctors who touched my knee got the diagnosis right. The ones that read the MRI but never touched me, got it wrong. But that may be a small sample size aberation.
David Wagner
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7/22/2014 | 5:18:12 PM
Re: New Frontier or Twilight Zone?
Others I definitly see the educational values...others are simply too creepy (bugs in my brain? Really?)


I thought that too, then I reminded my self that the alternative is to have them cut off the top of my skull, use retractors or scalpels to isolate the part of my brain where the tumor is, cut that tumor out with a knife and put my head back on. :)
David Wagner
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7/22/2014 | 5:15:59 PM
Re: nifty, but not likely
@tzubair- Fair point on maintenence. I would hope you could around that by having some sort of shipping program where you send bad ones back on trucks and are replace dby good ones. But yes, it adds expense that has to be accounted for.
Alison_Diana
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7/22/2014 | 5:15:51 PM
Re: nifty, but not likely
That is interesting, Dave. We're already seeing more doctors becoming hospital staff as they get fed up with dealing with the changes from government, insurers, etc. As i mentioned in another comment, I think we'll also see some doctors forego the higher fees they might get from private practice if it means they can work x-hour shifts on regular days that fit into their personal life -- perhaps around a spouse's or child's schedule, as part of retirement, or other choice -- and work for telemed companies, be they providers or healthcare systems that set up telemed solutions.
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