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More Than 50 Robots Work at Singapore High-Tech Hospital

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Toyota Research Institute is testing more floor-based robots, like this one.

From performing surgery to carrying out administrative work, robots have become an integral part of the 1,000-bed Changi General Hospital in Singapore.

Credit: Toyota Research Institute

Over 50 robots operate at Singapore's Changi General Hospital (CGH), performing activities ranging from surgery to administrative activities.

The Center for Healthcare Assistive and Robotics Technology (CHART)'s Selina Seah said the robots being deployed include surgical machines like the da Vinci Surgical System, as well as others that clean, deliver food or linens, assist with hospital maintenance and patient rehabilitation, and lift patients into beds.

Seah said CGH also uses a smart telecare system that lets doctors monitor patients remotely, while social robots offer care and companionship for senior patients with dementia.

CHART is attempting to boost productivity via assistive technology and robotics amid Singaporean healthcare's vulnerability to an aging populace, workforce shrinkage, and chronic disease.

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