Oxford Health Care says robots can save lives in a clinical trial, but the system is still not ready for prime time.
The company has just announced a clinical study of a robot called the Baxter that can help people with chronic pain, cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
Oxford Health Care, a nonprofit that manages more than 10,000 beds at hospitals across the US, will be testing a robotic arm called the Bothell Health Care System to treat people with spinal injuries, according to the company’s blog post.
The bot, which will be available in the next six months, will allow patients to use the robotic arm with the help of a video interface.
It also allows the patients to walk, talk and perform activities like walking up stairs, opening a door or opening a case.
Oxbridge Health Care plans to have the bot in the Oxford Health Center in Oxford, Michigan by late 2021.
Oxfield Health Care has also teamed up with the US government to help fund the project.