August 20, 2013      

The first IT babel in health care

Remember when IT networks promised to make medical care systems all sing the same sweet tune, yet ushered up instead a costly digital babel?

Of course, the babel is much preferable to doing things the old way via paper, fax machines, and folders stuffed with x-ray film. But still, the babel is a convoluted morass of differing systems, software and results. It?s frustrating and expensive.

Here?s what the babel has taught robotics: Interoperability issues are of top priority for doctors, says a recent Washington Post article: ?The records [doctors] use at their office may connect to different software used at a hospital. Seventy-percent of doctors cited the lack of interoperability as a frustration with electronic records in a recent Bipartisan Policy Center survey.?

Imagine what the interoperability issues will be like when tens of thousands of medical robots enter the health care delivery system?

The babel that need not be

It doesn?t have to be. Robotics is in a position to gain advantage from and avoid IT?s missteps in health care. But will it?

One thing?s for sure: robots are arriving at hospitals everywhere. It?s abundantly clear by now that the Nation?s well-being cannot get along without robots in surgical suites, patient floors, rehab facilities, outpatient clinics and at home with those in need? The trickle that is today will sooner than we think become a torrent of autonomous machines playing an enormous part in health care delivery.

Robotics may well be the most important and cost-effective technology to ever enter the health care system. In terms of clinical services and direct patient care, it may well prove itself to be the ultimate liberator for humans delivering health care and for patients desperately seeking health care services.

The frontlines of health care robotics

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October, 2013 will see Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) click up a few notches in activity, with 42M more Americans eligible for health care. Now, more than ever, health care robotics will be needed to help stem the rising tide of delivering health care to an ever-burgeoning population.

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