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An Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) spin–off, Inrobics Social Robotics S.L.L, has developed a robotic device that can be used in any care setting to assist with motor and cognitive rehabilitation.
The development team has created a platform made up of the following;
Professor Fernando Fernandez, Department of Computer Science and Engineering said “The 3D sensor allows us to know the patient’s position at all times. For example, we know if they are raising their arm, but we also know if they turn their spine to compensate for difficulty when doing so. All of this information is compiled and entered into the clinical reports that are generated.”
This development could result in a significant improvement in the following areas
The Spanish National Hospital for Paraplegics is the first centre to conduct a clinical trial using these artificial intelligence tools with patients who have suffered spinal cord injuries.
“Better, faster and with reduced risk”
A Commission set up by the Technology Enabled Care Services Associate, the industry and advisory body for technology enabled care services across the UK, reported in 2021 that care workers in the UK already had direct experience of robotics that assisted them in preforming their roles “better, faster and with reduced risk”. One would hope any new robotic device would supplement or enhance the carer’s rehabilitation arsenal. However one fear is that such devices could in fact make some carer’s redundant which could have its own implications i.e. lack of rapport with the patient, adverse impact on mental health.
It is not yet clear how much the robotic device, developed in Madrid, will cost however such devices could result in an added expense for insurers if claimants argue that such devices should be included within future care packages.