The Views of Hospital Laboratory Workers on Augmenting Laboratory Testing with Robots

Bob Rinse Schadenberg, Hideki Garcia Goo, Lena Nyman, Jesper Keisu, Vanessa Evers

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Abstract

One way to address shortages in the workforce and improve the safety of health workers is through robots. Here, we will specifically look at whether and how robots might augment workers working on the pre-analytical phase of clinical testing in hospital laboratories. We conducted eight interviews with workers using futuristic autobiographies. Through our analysis, we identified three themes. Workers envisioned robots to increase their well-being and change blue-collar workers' tasks towards that of automation operators. The latter was perceived to be a change towards doing more meaningful tasks (cognitive tasks, rather than manual labour). Additionally, workers have a need to better cope with structural changes and temporary fluctuations in the workflow. More general-purpose robots could address this.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCompanion of the 2023 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI '23 Companion)
EditorsGinevra Castellano
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherACM Publishing
Pages607-611
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-9970-8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Mar 2023
Event18th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2023 - Stockholm , Sweden
Duration: 13 Mar 202316 Mar 2023
Conference number: 18

Conference

Conference18th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2023
Abbreviated titleHRI 2023
Country/TerritorySweden
CityStockholm
Period13/03/2316/03/23

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