Bridging robotics research with clinical value in Korean municipal healthcare - WHINN 2019
The conference WHINN – Week of Health & INNovation in Odense on November 19. - 21. with the overall theme BETTER HEALTHCARE THROUGH FUTURE TECHNOLOGY addresses the current challenges in healthcare and looks towards the innovations and technologies that will shape the solutions of the future
Dr Won-Kyung Song, Director at the Department of Rehabilitative & Assistive Technology at the National Rehabilitation Center in Korea has for years been engaged in planning, implementing and supporting several rehabilitation robots and assistive technology research in Korea. His fields of interest are in translational rehabilitation robots, assistive technology based on smart devices, and care robotic devices.
He is giving a presentation at the track “Robots, AI & Drones” with the title “From Research to Practice: Bridging robotics research with clinical value in Korean municipal healthcare.”
To the question why robots become increasingly important in the healthcare sector, Dr. Won-Kyung Song explains
- Robots have potentials in healthcare because robots can help healthcare professionals in particular with physical assist in the restricted range and could be extended with artificial intelligence.
Implementation is crucial
In most cases implementation is a complex task. Dr. Won-Kyung Song argues that
- Safety and effectiveness are important issues when robots come to medical or healthcare domains, and further that
- Robots in healthcare are a fusion of technology domain and clinical domain. In addition, we have a variety of stakeholders including patients, people with disabilities, able-bodied, family, manufacturers, clinical experts, policymakers and so on. Support for insurance and policies is strongly required. However, it has a lot of possibilities, so robot in healthcare is worth trying actively.
Are there anything robots cannot do?
According to Dr. Won-Kyung Song,
- When it comes to robots in healthcare, the responsibility of robot usage remains clear to experts and users. Robots are primarily assistants to clinical professionals or users. An expert should make a high-level decision. Robots are appropriate to execute physical actions and/or to assist decision support.