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Feb 2019 - IDC Perspective - Doc # AP44351018

Robotics in Healthcare: Benefits and Opportunities

By: Manoj VallikkatResearch Manager, Sneha Jayanth, Gerald WangHead, Asia Pacific Public Sector, Jing Bing ZhangResearch Director, IDC Worldwide Robotics

Abstract

This IDC study explores the relevance, opportunities, benefits, of various healthcare robots in a hospital setup. We discuss specific use cases and give an overview of robotics adoption in the Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) (APEJ) landscape, including existing driving forces that point to potential in the region. Essential guidance for tech buyers on adopting robotics is provided to support them in bridging healthcare gaps with robotics.

Driving the cost down is necessary if quality care must reach a greater number of people. As the APEJ region faces multiple challenges, better reinvention will take place as part of a tactical approach. All these reinventions will be built on the technological platform, with robotics expected to play a significant role.

Of all instances of robotics adoption in APEJ countries, surgical robotics are the most widespread. Currently they are used to enhance patient outcomes, rather than reduce the cost of surgery. As robotic technology matures, such high-precision surgeries will become more affordable and will also result in cost savings for the providers. Robots embedded with AI will revolutionize the future of healthcare. Machines learn faster and are expected to take over pattern-based diagnosis in pathology and radiology. Though it won't happen overnight, this transformation will become inevitable to handle demand volume. Technology buyers, technology providers, and even medical educational institutes should realize this evolving trend and work on becoming future-ready.

"Robotics in healthcare must be welcomed as an essential future. The effective adoption of robotics will augment physician efficiency, eliminate medical errors, plug care gaps, and enable bigger patient volume to access high-precision care delivery," says Manoj Vallikkat, research manager, IDC Asia/Pacific Healthcare Insights.


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