One of America’s largest pharmaceutical and beauty manufacturers, Johnson& Johnson is teaming up with Google to build medical robots that will help surgeons to perform surgery without any difficulties. Both the companies are trying to create these robots so that they can improve healthcare for patients who are coming for surgeries. How will the robots help the surgeons? Let us have a look at this post to know more.
Medical Robots Assisting in Surgeries
The aim is to provide doctors with greater control and accuracy so that the surgery is as minimally invasive as possible. This could help in speeding up the healing process of the patients recuperating from a surgery.
The Life Sciences team of Google mentioned that they hope to use sensor and imaging technology to provide a detailed data analytics as well as imaging, while the operations are going on. The robots could show relevant surgical information at the correct time or focus on nerves, blood vessels or tumor margins. Surgeons won’t be required to see multiple screens to view related data. This will be possible as the information will be shown in an overlay interface while the operation is on.
Gary Pruden, worldwide chairman of Johnson & Johnson’s global survey group said “This collaboration with Google is another important step in our commitment to advancing surgical care. “Together, we aim to put the best science, technology and surgical know-how in the hands of medical teams around the world.”
Wired stated “Robot-assisted surgeries aren’t a new thing; in fact, they’ve been around in one form or another since 1985. And as tempting as the vision of a scalpel-wielding T-800 may be, in real life it’s a much more delicate process. In modern robotic-surgery systems, a doctor peers into a console to see a high-definition image of what the robot’s cameras are capturing. Using hand controls, the doctor operates the robo-surgeon’s arms.”
Google’s Foray into Medical technology
Google had made its foray into medical technology some time back. This collaboration is another step in that direction. Last year, [Tweert “Google teamed up with Novartis for developing a smart contact lens to measure blood glucose levels”].
Google’s partnership with Johnson & Johnson is a part of the Moonshot projects of Google. There are many other programs in it. They include self-driving cars, the smart contact lens, Project Loon, and obviously Google Glass.
Apple Insider stated “Google began taking steps into the medical world last year when it launched its Google Genomics division. That unit has created an API for storing, processing, and sharing DNA sequencing using Google’s cloud infrastructure, and is charging $25 per year to store a genome.
Apple is also venturing into medical technology, with recent efforts revolving around two iOS APIs, HealthKit and ResearchKit. The former centralizes health and fitness data in iOS 8’s Health app, while ResearchKit is an open-source framework for iOS-supported medical trials.”
With the medical robots now it can be hoped that surgeries will be quicker and faster for the medical professionals and they can help the patients recover quickly.
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