Assistive Technology and Robotics in Healthcare

How can technology, healthcare analytics, and robotics improve the provision of healthcare?


Enhance overall well-being

  • Enable independent living for the growing ageing population
  • For the elderly and those with disabilities, developments in assistive technology and robotics can make a real difference to the way they are able to complete tasks and activities

Enhance productivity in healthcare

  • Delivery drones dispatch medicines and equipment
  • Industrial robotic arm can pick and pack a range of objects, including fragile items
  • Automated guided vehicles (AGV) can transport food, linen or documents, or move heavy items like beds
  • Data analytics to improve daily operations and reducing waiting times
  • Augmented reality for doctors

Improve patient care

  • Robotics technology can improve patient mobility as they rest to avoid bed sores or trips to the toilet
  • Automated bathing machines and autonomous droids that can interact and monitor patient progress
  • Robots that can help recovering stroke patients exercise, or keep early stage dementia patients occupied and alert them to take their medicine

Example of Assistive Robotics

RoboCoach Xian

Smart Nation RoboCoach 1

Image: GovTech


  • A robot trainer that imitates human movements and teaches exercises to senior citizens individually or in groups
  • Enhanced with sensors, it offers personalized gentle exercise routines to help senior citizens - and younger people too - to stay active
  • Uses motion sensing technology to ensure the elderly do their exercise routines correctly
  • Helps to provide physical and cognitive therapy to seniors who have suffered strokes or have disorders such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's
  • Research and development into creating a screen reader could also enhance the learning and communication experiences of the visually impaired.


Useful links:

Centre for Healthcare Assistive and Robotics Technology (CHART)



Last updated on 01 May 2019