Robotic Innovations in Support of the Healthcare Workers Against COVID-19 - DIH-HERO Perspective

Kosta Jovanovic*, Andrea Schwier, Eloise Matheson, Michele Xiloyannis, Esther Rodijk-Rozeboom, Nadine Hochhausen, Brecht Vermeulen, Birgit Graf, Peter Wolf, Zbigniew Nawrat, Jordi Escuder, Mare Mechelinck, Birgitte Sørensen, Paola Roberta Boscolo, Michael Obach, Selene Tognarelli, Milica Jankovic, Christophe Leroux, Giancarlo Ferrigno, Françoise SiepelStefano Stramigioli

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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has affected the conditions of work in healthcare institutions and the quality of patient care around the world. Emerging healthcare robotic technology may facilitate and improve the overall quality of life, as well as the diagnostics, rehabilitation, and intervention services. This paper reports the lessons learned from actions carried out in the implementation of the DIH-HERO project call across Europe for robotic solutions that support healthcare activities. Conclusion remarks are as follows: i) technology pull and the urgent need together accelerate the innovation development and deployment, ii) it takes time to establish safety and legal regulations for the deployment of human-machine devices, so the ethical, safety, and reliability aspects of robotic application need to be carefully considered, iii) technology adoption depends on the trust of the users to the technology, iv) existing robotic technology for prevention, diagnosis, hospital admission, rehabilitation, and intervention is mature enough for the adaptation and deployment, v) unskilled general population should be trained for the usage of robotic technology.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Service and Industrial Robotics - RAAD 2022
EditorsAndreas Müller, Mathias Brandstötter
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-04870-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-04869-2
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event31st International Conference on Robotics in Alpe-Adria-Danube Region, RAAD 2022 - Klagenfurt, Austria
Duration: 8 Jun 202210 Jun 2022
Conference number: 31

Publication series

NameMechanisms and Machine Science
ISSN (Print)2211-0984
ISSN (Electronic)2211-0992


Conference31st International Conference on Robotics in Alpe-Adria-Danube Region, RAAD 2022
Abbreviated titleRAAD 2022
Internet address


  • COVID-19
  • Diagnostic robotics
  • Interventional robotics
  • Rehabilitation robotics
  • Robotics supporting healthcare professionals
  • Robotics supporting patients
  • 22/4 OA procedure


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