The advent of robots in medicine and healthcare is continously evolving and proving to be efficient and effective at providing novel solutions for diagnosing and treating patients.
The ‘Da Vinci surgical system’, a tele-operated medical robot used for prostatectomy (the removal of all, or part of the prostate), was one of the first robotised solutions to be adopted and the system has been used to conduct over 20,000 surgeries already.
This surgical system is helping surgeons carry out precise operations with enhanced vision and more precise control to achieve better clinical outcomes for patients, all of which were never previously thought possible.
On 8 February 2017, InnoTecUK’s Technical Director Prof. Gurvinder S. Virk will, alongside other medical robot experts, lead a workshop in South Korea in collaboration with Korea Association of Robot Industry, to address long-standing issues in medicine and discuss the future implementation of medical robots for enhancing healthcare systems globally.
With over 20 years experience of robotic developments, Prof. Virk has extensive knowledge of emerging robots and robot systems in service and medical sectors and how the new robots should be regulated to ensure basic safety and essential performance to create the new urgently needed robot markets. He is convenor of the ISO TC299 and IEC SC62A JWG5 on Medical robot safety which has formulated IEC TR 60601-4-1 Medical electrical equipment – Part 4-1: Guidance and interpretation – Medical electrical equipment and medical electrical systems employing a degree of autonomy. We was also the Convenor of ISO TC299/WG2 which published the safety standard for personal care robots (ISO 13482 Robots and robotic devices – Safetyrequirements for personal care robots).
It is clear that the role of new service robots will grow in many medical and non-medical domains and for the new robots to be safe and effective, it is necessary to understand the variety of human-robot interactions needed and how close human-robot interaction can be facilitated and regulated internationally.
Follow the links below to find out more about the workshop.