We’re excited to share the topic and questions for this week’s #HITsm chat happening Friday, 2/3 at Noon ET (9 AM PT). This week’s chat will be hosted by Mr RIMP (@MrRimp, Robot-In-My-Pocket), mascot of the first ever #HIMSS17 Innovation Makerspace! (Booth 7785) (with assistance from @wareflo) We’ll be discussing the topic “Healthcare Robots!” and so it seems appropriate to have a robot hosting the chat.
In a first, #HIMSS17 has a #makerspace (Booth 7785), in the HIMSS17 Innovation Zone. It has robots! They are rudimentary, but educational and fun. One of those robots is @MrRIMP, for Robot-In-My-Pocket. Here is an YouTube interview with @MrRIMP. As you can tell, little Mr. R. has a bit of an attitude. He also wrote the questions below and will moderate tweets about them during the #HITsm tweetchat.
From the recent “How medical robots will change healthcare” (@PeterBNichol), there are three main areas of robotic health:
1. Direct patient care robots: surgical robots (used for performing clinical procedures), exoskeletons (for bionic extensions of self like the Ekso suit), and prosthetics (replacing lost limbs). Over 500 people a day loses a limb in America with 2 million Americans living with limb loss according to the CDC.
2. Indirect patient care robots: pharmacy robots (streamlining automation, autonomous robots for inventory control reducing labor costs), delivery robots (providing medical goods throughout a hospital autonomously), and disinfection robots (interacting with people with known infectious diseases such as healthcare-associated infections or HAIs).
3. Home healthcare robots: robotic telepresence solutions (addressing the aging population with robotic assistance).
Before the #HITsm tweetchat I hope you’ll watch Robot & Frank, about a household robot and an increasingly infirm retiree (86% on Rotten Tomatoes, available on YouTube, Amazon, Itunes, Vudu, and Google for $2.99) I’ll also note a subcategory to the direct care robots: pediatric therapy robots. Consider, for example, New Friends 2016, The Second International Conference on Social Robots in Therapy and Education. I, Mr. RIMP, have a special interest in this area.
Join us as we discuss Healthcare Robots during the February 3rd #HITsm chat. Here are the questions we’ll discuss:
T1: What is your favorite robot movie? Why? How many years in the future would you guess it will take to achieve similar robots? #HITsm
T2: Robots promise to replace a lot of human labor. Cost-wise, humanity-wise, will this be more good than bad, or more bad than good? #HITsm
T3: Have you played with, or observed any “toy” robots. Impressed? Not impressed? Why? #HITsm
T4: IMO, “someday” normal, everyday people will be able design and program their own robots. What kind of robot would you design for healthcare? #HITsm
T5: Robots and workflow? Connections? Think about healthcare robots working *together* with healthcare workers. What are potential implications? #HITsm
Bonus: Isn’t @MrRIMP (Robot-In-My-Pocket) the cutest, funniest, little, robot you’ve ever seen? Any suggestions for the next version (V.4) of me? #HITsm
Here’s a look at the upcoming #HITsm chat schedule:
2/10 – Maximizing Your HIMSS17 Experience – Whether Attending Physically or Virtually
Hosted by Steve Sisko (@HITConfGuy and @shimcode)
2/17 – Enough talk, lets #GSD (Get Stuff Done)
Hosted by Burt Rosen (@burtrosen) from @healthsparq
2/24 – HIMSSanity Recovery Chat
With #HIMSS17 happening the week of this chat, we’ll take the week off from a formal chat. However, we encourage people that attended HIMSS or watched HIMSS remotely to share a “Tweetstorm” that tells a #HIMSS17 story, shares insights about a topic, rants on a topic of interest, or shows gratitude. Plus, it will be fun to test out a new form of tweetstorm Twitter chat. We’ll post more details as we get closer.
We look forward to learning from the #HITsm community! As always let us know if you have ideas for how to make #HITsm better.
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