Robots developed to help the elderly in hospitals: Robots developed to assist healthcare environments have been successfully tested by professionals.
SPRING units (social assistive robots in geriatric healthcare) will be used to help patients, reduce anxiety, and reduce pressure on nursing staff as part of a trial carried out in Paris, France by staff at the UK’s National Robotarium.
These robots have artificial intelligence and are said to be able to have natural conversations, understand patient needs, and help with routine tasks.
The experiments were carried out in three stages at the Assistance Publique Hopitaux de Paris.
The robots greeted patients, answered questions, provided instructions, and could understand the conversations of multiple people simultaneously.
By performing simple but repetitive tasks, the robots also reduced potential physical contact between doctors and patients as part of the trial, with early feedback suggesting that the use of social assistive robots may reduce the risk of infection transmission while increasing nurse productivity. and increase doctors.
Researchers hope the robots will help reduce patient anxiety and in turn free up time for hospital staff.
Professor Anne-Sophie Rigaud, head of Assistance Publique Hopitaux de Paris, said: “Our patients are increasingly interested in robotics and the evolution of hospital services, which they see as the logical evolution of our society.
We believe that the ARI robot can become an essential element in patient care in hospitals in the future, as this robot has the necessary capacity for social interaction and guidance.
“Adults have also expressed satisfaction with the design of the robot and think that it will be useful to provide information and accompany patients with cognitive disorders.”
The Edinburgh-based National Robotarium is funded through a £1.5 billion Edinburgh City Region and South East Scotland contract. It is supported by £300 million of funding from the Scottish Government and £300 million from the UK Government.
Robotarium is a partnership between Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh.
“Today’s rapid advances in AI are truly inspiring and open up a world of possibilities for how it can positively impact many sectors, including healthcare,” said Oliver Lemmon, professor of artificial intelligence and academic director at the National Robotarium.
One of the most important contributions of robotics and artificial intelligence is its ability to conserve resources and reduce human workload, thus providing valuable new tools to enhance healthcare delivery.
The vision of robots seamlessly collaborating with hospital staff to improve the patient experience is now closer to reality.
Promising initial tests at the Assistance Publique Hopitaux de Paris have demonstrated our robot’s ability to effectively converse with patients and their companions simultaneously.
We believe that the Bahar project is a milestone in the development of interactive robotics, and we are proud of its achievements while recognizing the exciting challenges ahead.”
Malcolm Offord, UK Secretary of State for Scotland, said: “The successful initial trials of assistive robots demonstrate the huge potential that such advanced technology has to provide vital support to healthcare workers, improve patient care, and prevent the spread of infections and diseases.
“The UK Government has invested £21 million in the National Robotarium to support world-leading research and support high-quality jobs, investment, and growth, as part of our more than £2.9 billion investment to upgrade throughout Scotland.”
Neil Gray, the Scottish Government’s Minister for Welfare, Fair Work and Energy, added: “I welcome this development using artificial intelligence to help ease the pressure on health care workers.
Supported by the Scottish Government, the National Robotarium uses cutting-edge research to help drive innovation and artificial intelligence to deliver innovative solutions to real-world challenges.