The news: Service robot startup Diligent Robotics scored $30 million in a Series B raise. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center was among investors. The startup has raised $50 million to date.
How we got here: Robot assistants are helping health systems contend with worsening nurse and labor shortages.
Last year, Cedars-Sinai introduced Moxi in its neurology, orthopedic, and surgery units.
The problem: 97% of large US hospitals faced a nursing shortage, even a month before the omicron variant blew in, per McKinsey’s 2021 Hospital Insights Survey.
Robot roadblock: Most patients like robot healthcare assistants. But privacy issues could be a barrier to widespread hospital implementation.
93% of patients who interacted with a robot during their hospital visit said they liked the experience, according to a 2021 US survey of 1,000 adult from MIT and Brigham Women’s Hospital.
But cybersecurity vulnerabilities with robots could be costly for health systems.
Cybersecurity vulnerabilities are bad news for health systems. Especially since privacy threats rack up long-term costs for hospitals.
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