China opens a hospital that will be attended by robots to avoid infections

The Smart Field Hospital is an open hospital center in the Chinese city of Wuhan that will be attended by robots to prevent infections among healthcare personnel.

In the middle of the city where the coronavirus pandemic appeared, Wuhan, the Smart Field Hospital has risen. It is a hospital center in the construction of which technological partners have collaborated, apart from a health entity, Wuhan Wuchang Hospital. And they have done so because the presence of cutting-edge technology plays a greater role in these facilities than in other centers. The hospital has been raised in the city’s Hongshan Sports Center. For its implementation, the Smart Field Hospital has had the contribution of the operator China Mobile and the robotics manufacturer CloudMinds. In reality, the center is a trial to ease the burden on workers in the face of an epidemic. Even though the Covid-19 is already under control in China, the facilities can be useful right now.

The objective of the Smart Field Hospital is to reduce the number of healthcare personnel needed to treat patients. Thus, these doctors and nurses can take turns taking care of patients in other hospitals, so that those who work do not work for many hours or days in a row.

The idea is to reduce the exposure of health personnel to viruses to prevent professionals from continuing to fight the epidemic. Medical services in the new hospital will be provided through robots and Internet of Things devices. Patients will wear smart bracelets and rings to monitor their vital parameters, such as temperature, heart rate, and blood oxygen levels.

Smart Field Hospital

The delivery of food, drink and medicine to patients will be carried out by robots. The disinfection will be carried out by other types of robots, which will be guided by LIDAR to clean the surfaces with ultraviolet light.

Telemedicine and robots as a long-term solution

China’s strategy in introducing robots into the healthcare arena is twofold. On the one hand, the aim is to better manage epidemics. Avoiding the spread of healthcare personnel is one of the basic objectives in such a contingency. A goal for which these machines can serve as a retaining wall, despite the fact that a percentage of people working in the hospital is always needed.

However, the Asian giant has a more long-term strategy for artificial intelligence in medicine. Of course, algorithms come into play here, allowing you to venture a diagnosis. In this way, despite the fact that later it is a doctor who checks the most doubtful cases, the workload is lightened.

Robots will also play an essential role in this strategy to cover the population’s medical services. And it is that their healthcare capacity will be key to lead the sick and automate the most physical part of care.

Using telemedicine and artificial intelligence is China’s plan for healthcare to adequately reach the entire population. And, in rural areas, doctors are scarce. The size of the country and its enormous number of inhabitants complicate healthcare, so these technologies could improve some aspects of it.

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