Recent decades have seen advances in digital technologies, such as AI services, IoT, and computer vision, expanding the capabilities of health robots into many areas of healthcare. As technologies evolve, it is clear that healthcare robots will enable high levels of patient care, perform high-precision tasks in clinical settings, and ensure safe work environments for both patients and healthcare workers.
One key area that is experiencing a tectonic shift with robotics is geriatric (elderly) care. The elderly population all over the world is on the rise and the healthcare industry has to address their emotional, physical, and psychological needs with technology.
Advances in robotics are empowering industry leaders to address these challenges through informing true precision medicine, personalizing healthcare, improving patient engagement, transforming medical processes, and increasing life expectancy. Robots will soon play a defining role in performing instrumental daily activities for the elderly, including physical tasks such as walking, standing, and lifting things.
Here are some ways life sciences leaders are revolutionizing geriatric care through smart robots:
Touch-based interfaces to manage daily activities can be complex and particularly hard to handle for the elderly with disabilities. Voice-based interfaces that employ AI services and natural language processing are more accessible and manageable.
A smart voice-recognizing robot reduces the feelings of social isolation and day-to-day living burden on the elderly. Its speech recognition software recognizes elderly commands like making a web search or automating a call. It also enables timely healthcare delivery through recognizing and classifying symptoms such as coughing, sneezing, and snowing and sending real-time alerts to healthcare practitioners.
Falls can cause serious injuries, death, or elderly disability. The reasons behind most of such incidents include dim lighting, obstacles, and slippery surface because of spillage. AI services-based robots can be highly effective in detecting spills and preventing elderly falls.
The deep learning technology also enables the robot to quickly identify spills and segment them according to their texture. It also creates a location map for the spillage so that the elders can avoid the space altogether and stay safe.
Fall is one of the most common reasons behind elderly death. In the absence of a caretaker, the fall of the elderly can’t be known. To avoid such a life-threatening situation, AI ML solutions based on immediate detection and alert generation are required. A fall detection robot detects elderly falls rapidly and generates real-time alerts.
The long short-term memory technology utilizes temporal and spatial information to detect falls immediately. The alerts are sent to health care practitioners so that immediate action can be taken. Edge device technology in this robot also ensures that patient data remains secure and private.
Feelings of depression and isolation can severely impact the mental and physical health of the elderly. Constant sad mood can also signify an underlying health condition. Real-time robotics emotion detection and sharing of insights with health care practitioners can contribute towards better health of the elderly.
Artificial intelligence solutions promote a basic understanding of the emotional state of the elderly. The robot camera captures the image of the face and passes this image to the emotion detection module. The module classifies the emotion as happy, neutral, or sad and sends the results to the health care practitioners. The practitioners then prescribe medicines/lifestyle changes based on these insights.
Xavor’s Role in Improving Geriatric Care
Xavor recognizes the importance of millions of data points inside the human body. We are working towards leveraging these data points to identify the clinical context for each individual and inform true precision medicine and personalize healthcare through robotics.
Xavor’s robotic services can range from an assistant to a full-time care companion. The care companion detects and prevents falls and analyzes moods to promote better health. The mobility robot creates personalized dynamic recovery plans based on patient health, initiates motivational conversations, and recommends recovery exercises. These then connect physicians to their patients and generate relevant insights based on their unique profiles with our advanced analytics and machine-learning solutions and algorithms.
Xavor is the digital transformation partner of choice for global leaders in life sciences and high-tech manufacturing. Our legacy is one of designing and developing best-in-class custom applications, services, and products for the life sciences and health tech leaders. Xavor is enabling self-sufficient living for the elderly with technology and redefining healthcare with predictive data modeling.