Healthcare diagnosis pods and robotic nurses could soon be found in public housing in Singapore, according to the chairman of the country’s Urban Redevelopment Authority.
Peter Ho described his vision of the future of integrated healthcare in a lecture at the ‘Smart Nation’ seminar held last week.
Ho said: “Throughout Singapore there could be healthcare pods deployed island-wide at every housing block. These provide medical diagnosis, dispense medications and provide simple medical services as well. This makes it more convenient for elderly residents who have mobility issues and for those who do not have the time to visit a clinic.
“Governments can play safe and watch from the sidelines, but then they will be overtaken by those who are nimbler and more daring. Or, they can get some skin in the game now, through research test bedding and pilots.”
Ho’s vision for the future of Singapore may seem more like something out of a science fiction movie at the moment, however it could be far more realistic than you might imagine. The country is already leading the way in innovative healthcare technology and so, as a result, a robotic future looks highly likely.
The future of healthcare technology worldwide is fascinating, however the increasing use of robots is a contentious issue amongst medics. Some believe that they lack the human touch when it comes to care, however others argue that they can only increase the scope of what is medically possible.
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