Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality
For many people, the idea of care robots with artificial intelligence seem a world away, yet this is one of the fasted growth areas in health and care technology. There is a realisation that there will not be enough carers to support people as the world’s population ages. There is also much interest in artificial intelligence built into service platforms including predictive analytics, symptom checkers, portals and virtual assistants with connectivity to on-demand services.
There are no specific good practice guides in the UK for these technologies in health and care at this time apart from standards for services such as 111 (opens new window).
Typically, these systems use established technology standards (eg HTML (opens new window), Bluetooth (opens new window)). Different companies use different systems for connecting data. There is an international standard (opens new window) for personal care robots.
There is growing concern that artificial intelligence and robotics could remove the need for some jobs in health and care.
Although there is keen interest, there are no overall UK government policies in these areas for health and care apart for some specialist services such as 111 and NHS24. Some funding is available from time to time via UK and European programmes for IOT and smart home technologies – check the weekly/monthly headlines for updates.