IDC Health Insights recently published IDC Survey: Provider Investment Plans for Robotics. This survey presents key findings from the healthcare section of IDC’s 2017 Worldwide Robotics Survey. The goal of the survey was to assess current and future robotics adoption patterns, use cases, and application areas, as well as investment trends for robots and drones. The results focused on robotics adoption, use cases, and investment plans by U.S. healthcare providers at hospitals with 200+ beds. While the adoption of drones for healthcare utilization is minimal and expected to remain so in the near future, the use of robots in healthcare will yield increased investment in the coming years.
Robotics leapt to the forefront of organizational priorities for technology investments at U.S. hospitals in 2017, followed by cloud and mobility. Hospitals are actively investing into purchasing and deploying robots as a main technology priority, this is being driven by a need to impact the value chain of their business operations.
Robots show a far greater likelihood for deployment in the next one to three years (than drones) and are currently being used to different extents at hospitals, mostly for stocking functions. Robots will continue to deliver value in the automation of manual and laborious hospital tasks, but increasingly be adopted for direct clinical applications and emergent use cases; e.g. patient lifting. Price, quality, and vendor attributes are important influencers of robot investment decisions. Medium-term returns and relatively low maintenance costs add to the appeal of the investment.
The widespread use of robotics in the healthcare industry is a potential yet to be fully realized, with 31.3% of respondents currently using robots and none using drones. However, the use of robots and drones is expected to increase as use cases gain traction in the industry around process automation, cost mitigation, and clinical applications. It can be expected that this change in adoption will take form in the next 1 to 3 years for robots and 3 to 5 years for drones, presenting a new set of opportunities and challenges for the future of the industry.
For more information and insights, see IDC Survey: Provider Investment Plans for Robotics.
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