Key points on why is beneficial to include robotics in healthcare facilities.
Although it might seem counter-intuitive to spend significant sums of money on robotics in healthcare with the aim of making healthcare universally cheaper, this is exactly what could happen given investment, both in public and private healthcare settings. Robots can improve patient care and reduce costs in the long-term, meaning both public and private healthcare systems will benefit in terms of patient care and finances. This isn’t to say that efforts won’t need to be made in order to effect such change: the initial capital expenditure on equipment, ongoing maintenance and training will still need to be factored in, as well as upgrading the robots themselves.
Labour is a major part of healthcare costs. Among hospitals, labour is typically the largest sum allocated on hospital’s budget and accounts for almost 60% of non capital costs.
Health plans and life sciences companies also employ many people, with a variety of jobs. Some of these are highly focused on complex and innovative work, but many of these have aspects that are routine and repetitive. It is through automating that health service professionals will finally be able to focus on the strictly qualitative aspects of business. Robots could make us less robotic.