Robotics utilization for healthcare digitization in global COVID-19 management

Zeashan Hameed Khan, Afifa Siddique, Chang Won Lee

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This paper describes the evolving role of robotics in healthcare and allied areas with special concerns relating to the management and control of the spread of the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The prime utilization of such robots is to minimize person-to-person contact and to ensure cleaning, sterilization and support in hospitals and similar facilities such as quarantine. This will result in minimizing the life threat to medical staff and doctors taking an active role in the management of theCOVID-19 pandemic. The intention of the present research is to highlight the importance of medical robotics in general and then to connect its utilization with the perspective of COVID-19 management so that the hospital management can direct themselves to maximize the use of medical robots for various medical procedures. This is despite the popularity of telemedicine, which is also effective in similar situations. In essence, the recent achievement of the Korean and Chinese health sectors in obtaining active control of the COVID-19 pandemic was not possible without the use of state of the art medical technology.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3819
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2020 Jun 1


  • COVID-19
  • Coronavirus pandemic
  • Healthcare digitization
  • Medical Robots

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