With the outbreak of gory coronavirus which has cost so many lives around the world and has put a ponderous brake on global social movement and has resulted paralysed economies. Healthcare sector, again, if we see across the global horizon, faces a lot of music ingrained with moans and groans, patients’ number on the rise with inadequate staff to attend to them and rising costs. Not surprisingly, with such a load upon, quality in healthcare services plummet to suboptimal level and also affect popular health further.
Here, with a measured initiative, the premium technology of AI (Artificial Intelligence) is accentuated upon and tech experts around the globe, have packed their expectations and trust in the ever evolving industry of Robotics. Such can be designed to supplement the medical practice by contributing through manual repetitive work, which is tedious and time-consuming otherwise.
We introduce YuMi here, which (or who as she behaves like a person)is a programmed composition to help as a robotic lab technician or nurse. A product with underpinning towering innovation from ABB, a prominent Swiss company, she is still within the testing phase and is closely monitored at Texas Medical Centre’s Innovation Institute in Houston. Clearly, YuMi’s operational existence is the birth of the idea that handy robots can be designed, designated and eventually implemented in hospitals to relieve (and to re-live)pressure from the staff who is always found mentally over-packed with daily tasks stress to be done smoothly and now, such tech-developed species would prevail to ease that pressure. Although, it is designed to work in tandem with humans and to accomplish a set of pre-identified tasks such as medicinal preparation, to load and unload centrifuges, to manage liquid formulations, to move test tubes (but not babies) and other fragile equipment within a location, to sort documents and prescriptions and so forth.
Bill McKeon, President and CEO of Texas Medical Centre, gleams with joy when he admits, “A primary goals across TMC- the largest medical city in the world- is to make research happen faster while simultaneously cutting costs in order to create more rapid and cost-effective solutions for patients who are in desperate need of treatment. ABB’s move into the heart of TMC campus with this first-of-its kind R&D facility for creating robotics solutions in healthcare will set a new course for advancements in medicine and establish TMC as the nexus for a new kind of synergistic partnership that will shape the future of healthcare for clinicians, researchers and patients alike”.
Clearly, new areas of operation are still being navigated for, as YuMi navigates across the Texas Medical Centre’s innovation Institute and follow orders without complaining about any infection or a racial slur during practice.
Robot Nurse YuMi: Programming For A Variety Of Tasks:
With precise arrangement of high-end circuits, the arms are soaked in precision, the relishing aspect reflected through robust implementation of electronic logic, giving way to a touch and handling capability. Further, YuMi can be moved over a considerable distance and thus, can be put into a range of tasks typical to healthcare industry. Additionally, within a given boundary, (i.e. healthcare facility in present case) YuMi can walk around swiftly following commands to do tasks and an avoid other people and obstacles, thanks to supreme visionary sensors connected to powerful microprocessors which analyse the threat or obstacle, calculate the distance and quickly change the course before collision.
ABB carried out a rigourous QA on YuMi siblings (healthcare robot series) and found that the set objectives pertaining to precision, speed, accuracy and productivity were well in sight owing to such a degree of automation. Moreover, such robots can be made to serve 24X7 and are extremely pocket friendly to businesses.
In their lab which is unlike a biological lab, ABB plans to design, develop, QA and deliver around 60K YuMi siblings in the coming 5 years. Powered by AI and easy-to-use and manage, such medical robots will be put into service as per pre-determined situations and will be coded for performing various roles and responsibilities, in place of workforce and to meet slashed budgets. Not mincing words, medical robots are hailed in such an early stage of development, to complete the given set of tasks 50% faster but with full accuracy and precision.
In a press release, issued by Mr. Sami Atiya, President ABB’s Robotics and automation business, he shed light, ”The healthcare sector is undergoing a significant transformation as the diagnosis and treatment of disease advances, while coping with a growing population with illness, increasing costs and a growing worldwide shortage of medical staff’.
In simple words, it will be a disgrace not to utilize the existing technology which is a great convenience for our welfare. Especially, in areas where tasks are of similar nature and repetitive, AI programmed robots can simply be put into practice.