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Health orgs set to invest $7 billion in robotics in AsiaPac, IDC says

February 21, 2019 / Nathan Eddy

Healthcare providers' spending on robotics in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) reached $3.73 billion in 2019 and forecasted to top $7 billion by 2022, according to a report from IDC Healthcare Insights. The Robotics in Healthcare-Benefits and Opportunities report noted that robots embedded with artificial intelligence (AI) would revolutionize the future of healthcare. Use cases include medical transportation robots, surgery assistance, companion and social robots for therapeutic applications, waste disposal robots and pharmacy automation robots. Machines equipped with deep learning and AI will also be able to gather and process data faster, and are expected to take over pattern-based diagnosis in pathology and radiology.