In 2019, Sunnaas Hospital in Norway started a project to use a robotic assistant named EVE in healthcare. This project, called HIRO (Human Interactive Robotics for Healthcare), tested how Androids can assist healthcare workers every day.
HIRO is a project supported by the Research Council that includes Sunnaas Hospital, 1X developers, the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), and the Skien municipality. They worked together to make a helpful Android that can do everyday tasks like moving equipment, fetching things, and helping patients get around. The main purpose was to create a solution for the expected shortage of healthcare workers in the future.
Sunnaas Hospital tested the robot EVE with healthcare workers to see how well it works in real treatment situations. They compared how things went with EVE's help and without it. Before these tests, they asked healthcare workers for their opinions, needs, and thoughts. They found that when EVE did simple, non-medical tasks, the human staff had more time to focus on patient care using their skills and knowledge.
The project is about more than just checking if the robot assistant works well. It's also about understanding how robots and people can work together in healthcare. The goal is to learn what healthcare workers think about having a robotic helper and what tasks EVE can do best.
In essence, the robotic assistant is conceived as a facilitator, enhancing efficiency in healthcare without diminishing the essential human touch.
The work being done at Sunnaas Hospital is a careful assessment of how Androids can be usefully and trustfully deployed in healthcare.