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Rise of the robot in the wake of coronavirus

Steve Eames provides an insight into the role of robotic technologies in preventing infection during outbreaks, such as COVID-19, from disinfection of contaminated areas, to medical support and triage of patients. China has led the way, in terms harnessing innovation and artificial intelligence, but there is increasing potential for medical support automation in the NHS, as the technology arrives in the UK.

Even in normal times, without pandemic, there are unprecedented demands on healthcare systems globally. In the UK, the NHS is balancing workloads and productivity against economic constraints. Ageing population and the associated number of conditions to be treated will continue to be a challenge. Much is already being done by way of devolved funding and management at local level in order to maintain productivity and performance of hospitals, alongside other cost-containing efficiency measures.

Salaries and manpower costs versus patient-facing time needs to be optimised. Furthermore, while manpower and other resources can be stretched, we face a possibility of that being exacerbated further in the aftermath of Brexit. If you add to the mix an epidemic or outbreak, like we are experiencing with Coronavirus globally, it begs the question, how well were we prepared? What other tools or innovation could be deployed in order to combat and even prevent such unanticipated pressu

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Arab Health 2022

Dubai World Trade Centre
24th - 27th January

Knowlex Infection Prevention & Control 2022

National Conference Centre, Birmingham
8th - 9th February

Central Sterilising Club 60th Anniversary Annual Scientific Meeting

Crowne Plaza, Bridge Foot, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6YR
4th - 5th April

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Royal College of Physicians, London
11th May 2022

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Coventry Building Society Arena
19th May 2022

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28th - 29th June

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