While artificial intelligence and robotics have the potential to solve many of today’s healthcare challenges, several obstacles must be overcome for these technologies to dramatically improve our care delivery system.

Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to the use of algorithms that approximate human cognition in the analysis of complex medical data, with the aim of determining relationships between prevention or treatment techniques and patient outcomes. Robotics primarily deals with the design, development and operation of robots for activities such as patient monitoring and evaluation as well as surgical assistance. Together, AI-powered robotics have the potential to completely change the way healthcare is delivered, as machines may someday become powerful and smart enough to replace physicians and medical staff.

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