How Social Robots Help Patients Improve Adherence

Buddy, The Emotional Robot

Only 12 percent of adults have proficient health literacy, according to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy. In other words, nearly nine out of ten adults may lack the skills needed to manage their health and prevent disease.

Furthermore, the problem of poor adherence is significant within the healthcare arena. Studies reveal low levels of adherence to treatment recommendations across health states, treatments, and ages. Indeed, as many as 60% of persons with chronic disorders are poorly adherent to treatment. Poor adherence (the extent to which the patient’s behavior matches the agreed recommendations from the prescriber) carries a significant human cost in terms of patient safety and quality of life.

Access to comprehensive, quality health care information is important for promoting and maintaining health, preventing and managing diseases, reducing unnecessary disability and premature death.

Using facial recognition software to distinguish between faces, Buddy learns and remembers each individual care needs. Additionally, the smart capabilities of Buddy enable him to answer questions and help patients with their healthcare routine (from reminding dosing events to encourage healthy habits, from providing social interactions to symptom management).

Better Care, Care Fully” is our motto to continuously develop smart robots with a smile, that have a positive impact on patient lives.