Health-tech-care in the year 2050: Insights from our workshop on the future of technologized care

On the 24th of May 2022, the Robotics4EU’s NTNU team: Roger Andre Søraa, Sofia Moratti, Mark William Kharas, Yu Cheng), and other sisterprojects IMRO-Lab, LIFEBOTS, LEE, AUTOWORK held a one-day workshop in healthcare technology at Scandic Lerkendal Hotel, Trondheim, Norway. The workshop explored possible trajectories for the robotization of healthcare in the next 30 years, what robots are currently used in healthcare, and how they will change.

Three digitalization experts and practitioners in digitalized and robotized healthcare were invited and shared what they think the landscape will look like in 2050. This interdisciplinary workshop was for students, scholars, healthcare professionals, technologists, and the general public interested in healthcare robotics.

Viviann Maridal, a Unit leader at Eidet care center, member of Ålesund municipality welfare technology team and Cecilie Campbell, Arena for læring om velferdsteknologi shared their keynotes on “Healthcare technology in practice: Lessons learned from the municipal level.”

Eirik Norman Hansen, a Digitalization expert and public speaker, gave an inspiring talk on “Exponential development and hyper adoption: The future is fantastic.” In the afternoon session, the project partners from the LEE project also gave talks on “Future trajectories for healthcare: scenario presentations from experts.” Erlend Kleiven-Jørgensen was a master student at KULT before he joined PA Consulting. Kristil Erla Håland is the founder of Jodacare.

The goal of the Robotics4EU project is toward more widespread adoption of AI-based robots in Europe. In this workshop, we worked together with innovators, citizens, and decision-makers from the healthcare area, which helped raise awareness of non-technological aspects of robotics among stakeholders. We discussed about ethics, legal, data management and privacy, socio-economic, education & engagement issues with the participants through “Future scenario workshop: hands-on workshopping in groups.”

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