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Robotics in Healthcare-Thematic Research


Increasingly, robots are seen as a solution to many of the structural problems facing the developed world-sagging productivity, aging populations, swelling healthcare budgets, and even epidemics of depression and an increasingly fragmented society. Of course, not everyone shares this view, and many are worried about the impact of robotics on employment and social structures.

Whatever you think of robotics, they are causing a revolution. Software and processing technology, sensors, commercial drones, autonomous vehicles, and developments around collaborative robots (co-bots) are all pushing robotics capabilities to new heights and driving uptake of millions of consumer, entertainment, service, and industrial robots.

Healthcare systems across the world are becoming increasingly overwhelmed because of increasing populations, particularly the growing elderly population. Robotics can offer solutions that could relieve these increased burdens through the development of exoskeletons to ease the stress on caregivers and autonomous humanoid care robots designed to interact directly with patients.

Robotics have been involved in the improvement of clinical outcomes since the 1980s when they were first introduced to the operating room. With the continued development of more sophisticated and autonomous robots, they are becoming commonplace in hospitals.


This report provides in-house analyst expertise on the 11 most important applications of robotics and identifies the winners in these high-growth robotics cycles. Components of the report include-

- Key Players: identify the big players in the robotics industry and where they sit in the value chain.

- Trends in the Robotics Industry: key trends driving the robotics industry classified into five key categories: robotics use case trends, robotics technology themes, robotics regulatory themes, robotics macroeconomic themes, and healthcare themes.

- Industry Analysis: analysis of the impact of robotics and automation in the healthcare industry.

- Impact of Robotics in Healthcare: identify key robotics applications in the healthcare industry including case studies demonstrating how healthcare companies are using robotics for improved outcomes.

- Value Chain: identify the 11 key robotics applications driving growth in the robotics industry, highlighting the leaders in each category.

Reasons to buy

- Develop and design your corporate strategies through an in-house expert analysis of the key robotics technologies impacting the healthcare industry.

- Develop business strategies by understanding the key robotics technologies being used in the healthcare industry.

- Stay up to date on the industry's big players in the robotics industry and where they sit in the value chain.

- Identify emerging industry trends in robotics technologies to gain a competitive advantage.


Table Of Content


1 Table of Contents

1 Table of Contents 3

1.1 List of Tables 5

1.2 List of Figures 5

2 Players 6

3 Trends 7

3.1 Robotic Use Case Trends 7

3.2 Technology Themes 9

3.3 Regulatory Themes 10

3.4 Macroeconomic Themes 11

3.5 Healthcare Themes 12

4 Value chain 14

4.1 Robot Manufacturers 15

4.2 Medical Robots 16

4.2.1 Exoskeletons 16

4.2.2 Surgical Robots 16

4.2.3 Care Robots 17

4.2.4 Hospital Robots 17

4.2.5 Drug Development 18

4.3 Industrial (Caged) Robots 19

4.4 Collaborative Robots 20

4.5 Logistics Robots 21

4.6 Consumer Robots 21

4.7 Commercial Drones 22

4.8 Autonomous Mobility 23

4.9 Specialist Robotics Software 24

4.10 Cloud Robotics 26

4.11 Semiconductors 26

4.12 Precision Mechanical Parts 27

5 Industry Analysis 28

5.1 Traditional Definition of a Robot 28

5.2 Consumer Robots to Take Off First in East Asia 29

5.3 Care Robots Might Start Looking After the Elderly and Infirm 29

5.4 Surgical Robots 30

5.5 China Is Critical to the Robot Industry 31

5.6 and so Is Japan 32

5.7 Deals 33

5.7.1 Mergers and Acquisitions 33

5.7.2 Strategic Alliances 34

5.8 Timeline 35

5.9 Healthcare Case Studies 36

5.9.1 Market Leader Intuitive Surgical Faces Competition from Newcomers 36

5.9.2 SoftBank Robotics Targets Human-Robot Interfacing 36

5.9.3 Google and J&J's Venture into Robotic Surgery-Verb Surgical 37

5.9.4 Cyberdyne's Exoskeletons Target Both Care and Rehab 37

5.9.5 Scalability Is Key to Innovation Associates' Success 38

6 Companies Section 39

6.1 Public Tech Companies 39

6.2 Private Tech Companies 41

6.3 Healthcare Companies 42

7 Glossary 46

8 Appendix: Our Thematic research methodology 47

8.1 Traditional Thematic Research Does a Poor Job of Picking Winners and Losers 47

8.2 Introducing GlobalData's Thematic Engine 47

8.3 This is how it works 47

8.4 How Our Research Reports Fit Into Our Overall Research Methodology 48

8.5 About GlobalData 49

8.6 Contact us 49

8.7 Disclaimer 50

List Of Figure

1.2 List of Figures

Figure 1: Who Are the Leaders and Challengers in the Global Robotics Industry? 6

Figure 2: We see three core segments in the robot value chain: robot manufacturers, robot brains, and robotic components. 15

Figure 3: Medical Robot Makers: Leaders and Challengers 18

Figure 4: Industrial Caged Robots: Leaders and Challengers 20

Figure 5: Co-bots: Leaders and Challengers 20

Figure 6: Logistics Robots: Leaders and Challengers 21

Figure 7: Consumer Robots: Leaders and Challengers 21

Figure 8: There Are Many Types of Consumer Robots 22

Figure 9: Commercial Drones: Leaders and Challengers 23

Figure 10: Autonomous Vehicles: Leaders and Challengers 24

Figure 11: Specialist Software Developers: Leaders and Challengers 25

Figure 12: Cloud Robotics: Leaders and Challengers 26

Figure 13: Chip Makers: Leaders and Challengers 26

Figure 14: Mechanical Components: Leaders and Challengers 27

Figure 15: Traditionally, there have been two broad categories of robots: industrial robots and service robots 28

Figure 16: Growth in the Surgical System Market 31

Figure 17: Five-Step Approach for Generating a Sector Scorecard 47

List Of Table

1.1 List of Tables

Table 1: Robotic Use Case Trends 7

Table 2: Technology Themes 9

Table 3: Regulatory Themes 10

Table 4: Macroeconomic Themes 11

Table 5: Healthcare Themes 12

Table 6: Mergers and Acquisitions 33

Table 7: Strategic Alliances 34

Table 8: The Story of Robots so Far 35

Table 9: Public Tech Companies 39

Table 10: Private Tech Companies 41

Table 11: Healthcare Companies 42

Table 12: Glossary 46

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Innovation Associates

Intuitive Surgical

SoftBank Robotics

Verb Surgical