Robots in Healthcare


By 2030, the number of persons in need of care will have increased by around 50 percent – some 3.4 million people in Germany will then be dependent on the help of others. At the same time, around half a million healthcare workers will be lacking. Could care robots be the solution in future? – This question is giving rise to ethical debate within society.
Care robots support or replace human healthcare workers. They provide essential medications and food, help lay down or pick up persons in need of care or alert emergency services when necessary. Some people prefer machines for certain tasks – others categorically decline them. How should we deal with this development? What is the current state of this technology, and where we will stand in a few years’ time regarding the use of this artificial intelligence? At the “Robots in Healthcare” Ladenburg Roundtable, scientists from the disciplines of computer science, robotics, medicine, care science, social psychology and philosophy came together to gain an integral view of this topic. This comprehensive perspective appears all the more necessary as the use of care robots is expected to have far-reaching consequences for the self-determination and personal lifestyle of many people.

Scientific director:
Prof. Dr. Oliver Bendel, School of Business, University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW)

Open-access publication “Robots in Healthcare” now available
The publication “Robots in Healthcare”, an outcome of the Ladenburg Roundtable of the same name, became available from Springer Gabler publishers in November 2018.
Free download: https://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-658-22698-5