Both robots and robotics are changing the face of world healthcare. From the automated units delivering patient records and supplies, to devices for radiation treatment and rehabilitation and the complex surgery assistants allowing doctors to conduct operations through tiny incisions.
Robotics has the potential to relieve medical personnel of routine tasks and make medical procedures safer and less costly for both the patient and the healthcare providers. But how will the rise of the machine affect our health service? And what impact will it have on patient care in the future? What happens if, and when, it goes wrong?
Dr Helen Meese will outline the growth of robotics in healthcare over the past 20 years and highlight some of the transformative technology being developed today. She will look at how engineers are mitigating the risk to life, in the drive to cope with an ageing and growing population and discuss the advantages and benefits these machines bring, as well as the societal concerns about handing over control of our very lives to machines.
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