Throughout the world the healthcare sector is struggling from the combined pressure of skyrocketing costs, as well as the need to continuously improve the quality of services and results. In some areas, rapidly aging populations and a shortage of qualified workers, are also stressing healthcare systems. Robotics technology is viewed by healthcare professionals, business leaders and government officials as playing a major role in addressing a wide range of pressing healthcare challenges, and as a key means to provide better healthcare services while controlling costs.
“Healthcare Robotics” is commonly defined as the application of robotic technology to healthcare to diagnose and treat disease, or to correct, restore or modify a body function or a body part. Yet this older definition is too narrow and does not reflect the expanded role robotics technologies have come to play in the healthcare sector. The more expansive healthcare robotics market itself is much larger, and can be taxonomized according to the target group the technology supports.
A Pressing Need, A Unique Event
The combination of innovative research, powerful, low-cost enabling technology, and the support of business, government and academic leaders, would seem to bode well for the commercial prospects of healthcare robotics. But despite the monumental potential of healthcare robotics technologies and obvious need, commercial development of healthcare robotic products has been relatively slow. What is required is a new class of event specifically constructed to provide engineers and engineering management with the technical information and guidance they need to more quickly and easily design, develop and manufacture the next generation of commercial class healthcare robotics systems. That event is the Healthcare Robotics Engineering Forum.
Healthcare Robotics Engineering Forum tracks include: