How Social Robots Help Vulnerable Patients Staying Connected

Buddy The Emotional Robot

Chronic diseases, long term hospitalizations, can lead to isolation and desocialization. The population at risk are elder and young patients.

For elder patients, they face increased risks of social isolation because of factors like the death or absence of family and friends, loss of transportation and mobility impairment. Older adults who describe themselves as lonely have a 59 percent greater risk of functional decline and a 45 percent greater risk of death, according to a study by the University of California San Francisco. For kids with injuries and illnesses, they often miss out on a lot of school affecting their overall performance.

Buddy can play multiple roles to improve social engagement. He is an easy to use communication tool via voice command or touch screen to video call. For kids, he acts as an absent child’s avatar, enabling them to attend school and interact with classmates from afar. He also proposes to elderly people and children the benefits of a close relationship with a robotic best friend without the responsibilities of walking, feeding and cleaning it.

Studies demonstrated undeniable positive results of using companion robots in healthcare facilities with an improvement in mood and quality of life. Furthermore, whether for kids or elderly, Buddy’s platform allows the development of customized applications to engage with patients in specific needs, for example, education for autistic kids or memory exercises for elderly patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Better Care, Care Fully” is our motto to continuously develop smart robots with a smile that benefit everyone around them.