As Coronavirus Continues Spreading, Hospitals Use Robots As Medical Assistants
Harin - Feb 08, 2020
As the Coronavirus continues to spread like wildfire in China, many hospitals in China have quickly adopted robots to work as medical assistants.
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As the Coronavirus continues to spread like wildfire in China, the country is facing a serious shortage in the medical community. To deal with this problem, To deal with this problem, many hospitals in China have quickly adopted robots to work as medical assistants.
On these days, in Chinese hospitals, you can easily find telepresence bots that offer remote video communication, delivery of medical goods, and patient health monitoring. They are now acting as a bridge between patients, families, and medical staff in the spread of the deadly virus.
The shanghai-based company, Keenon Robotics Co., deployed 16 robots called “little peanut” to work at an Hangzhou hospital after a group of travelers was put in quarantine. Another company, Siasun Robot, and Automation Co., also donated 7 medical robots as well as 14 catering service robots. These robots arrived at the Shenyang Red Cross to assist hospitals in combating the virus. Autonomous delivery robots are being tested by JD.com Ince in Wuhan. Hospitals in other cities including Guangzhou, Chengdu, Jiangxi, Tianjin, Beijing, and Shanghai have also deployed robots for assistance.
As the Coronavirus is spreading at a fast rate, provincial hospitals are left straining to cope with the situation. And the use of robots is one of the solutions.
The country has also seen a rise in the use of 5-G power medical robots with cameras for patient monitoring and remote video communication. These assistant bots carry with them a disinfectant tank. They are input with a predetermined route and will safely clean hospital areas.
The number of confirmed cases keeps rising every day. At the moment, there are 34,887 cases with 34,569 cases are in mainland China. There are 724 deaths and 2,074 recoveries. The virus is believed to have come from Wuhan’s Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market, which is a trading place for wild animals. On 23 January, to prevent the virus from spreading, the Chinese authorities put the city under lockdown. Some airlines have also suspended their flights to mainland China. According to researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the genome sequenced taken from seven patients were reportedly 96% identical to coronavirus from bats.