Better care using robots and automation

Can healthcare resources be used more efficiently and leave staff with more time for patients and other demanding tasks? We are now exploring this question in the project AutoMed Robotics.

Health care is facing several challenges in the short and long term - demographic change, demands for increased quality, limited resources and cost requirements. In order to meet these challenges, healthcare must change how care is delivered, with retained or improved quality of care. In the project, a consortium consisting of Karolinska University Hospital and partners will work with robotics and automation in high-specialist healthcare.

In-depth needs analysis

At an early stage, more than 50 people from the hospital and from various companies contributed their knowledge to identify possible areas of improvement. Three units were then selected to give a broad picture of the opportunities and challenges that exist in laboratory environment, sterile technology and health care production.

In 2018, this needs analysis was complemented by including also patient-facing activities and several units at Karolinska contributed with their perspectives, including the Department of Infectious Disease and several hospital wards.

Focus on dull, dirty and dangerous tasks

The expected effects of introducing robotic solutions and automation in health care are substantial. In Sweden, as in other parts of the world, clinical staff spend considerable time on manual and administrative duties. How can we change this, so that doctors, nurses and other personnel can devote more time to their areas of expertise – and to patients?

The project is investigating several questions, including:

  • Can highly qualified laboratory personnel avoid some unskilled work to free them up for more advanced and demanding tasks?
  • Can we reduce the number of heavy lifts and handling of hazardous substances, such as chemicals and contaminated blood?

 

Contact

Annika Thoresson
Phone: +46 (0) 70-085 67 59
E-mail: Annika Thoresson

Automation and robotics in highly specialized care

Karolinska University Hospital has entered into a collaboration with ABB and Robotdalen to further investigate how robotic solutions and process automation can contribute to smarter use of healthcare resources, so that personnel can devote more time to their areas of expertise – and to patients.

The project will commence in 2019, as a continuation of previous exploratory projects.

Participating units at Karolinska: Karolinska University Laboratory (Analysis and Pre-analysis), Medical Technology (Sterile Technology), Theme Infection and Inflammation, Function Health Professions (Physiotherapy) and Theme Aging.

Coordinator at the Center for Innovation: Annika Thoresson.

The Center for Innovation