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Robotics in Healthcare – Thematic Research

Increasingly, robots are seen as a solution to many of the structural problems facing the developed world—sagging productivity, aging populations, swelling healthcare budgets, and even epidemics of depression and an increasingly fragmented society. Of course, not everyone shares this view, and many are worried about the impact of robotics on employment and social structures.

Whatever you think of robotics, they are causing a revolution. Software and processing technology, sensors, commercial drones, autonomous vehicles, and developments around collaborative robots (co-bots) are all pushing robotics capabilities to new heights and driving uptake of millions of consumer, entertainment, service, and industrial robots.

Healthcare systems across the world are becoming increasingly overwhelmed because of increasing populations, particularly the growing elderly population. Robotics can offer solutions that could relieve these increased burdens through the development of exoskeletons to ease the stress on caregivers and autonomous humanoid care robots designed to interact directly with patients.

Robotics have been involved in the improvement of clinical outcomes since the 1980s when they were first introduced to the operating room. With the continued development of more sophisticated and autonomous robots, they are becoming commonplace in hospitals.


GlobalData’s Thematic Research – Robotics in Healthcare provides in-house analyst expertise on the 11 most important applications of robotics and identifies the winners in these high-growth robotics cycles.

Components of the report include:

• Key Players — identify the big players in the robotics industry and where they sit in the value chain.

• Trends in the Robotics Industry — key trends driving the robotics industry classified into five key categories: robotics use case trends, robotics technology themes, robotics regulatory themes, robotics macroeconomic themes, and healthcare themes.

• Industry Analysis — analysis of the impact of robotics and automation in the healthcare industry.

• Impact of Robotics in Healthcare — identify key robotics applications in the healthcare industry including case studies demonstrating how healthcare companies are using robotics for improved outcomes.

• Value Chain – identify the 11 key robotics applications driving growth in the robotics industry, highlighting the leaders in each category.

Reasons to Buy

Develop and design your corporate strategies through an in-house expert analysis of the key robotics technologies impacting the healthcare industry.

Develop business strategies by understanding the key robotics technologies being used in the healthcare industry.

Stay up to date on the industry’s big players in the robotics industry and where they sit in the value chain.

Identify emerging industry trends in robotics technologies to gain a competitive advantage.

Companies Mentioned


Innovation Associates

Intuitive Surgical

SoftBank Robotics

Verb Surgical

Table of Contents

1 Table of Contents

1.1 List of Tables

1.2 List of Figures

2 Players

3 Trends

3.1 Robotic Use Case Trends

3.2 Technology Themes

3.3 Regulatory Themes

3.4 Macroeconomic Themes

3.5 Healthcare Themes

4 Value chain

4.1 Robot Manufacturers

4.2 Medical Robots

4.2.1 Exoskeletons

4.2.2 Surgical Robots

4.2.3 Care Robots

4.2.4 Hospital Robots

4.2.5 Drug Development

4.3 Industrial (Caged) Robots

4.4 Collaborative Robots

4.5 Logistics Robots

4.6 Consumer Robots

4.7 Commercial Drones

4.8 Autonomous Mobility

4.9 Specialist Robotics Software

4.10 Cloud Robotics

4.11 Semiconductors

4.12 Precision Mechanical Parts

5 Industry Analysis

5.1 Traditional Definition of a Robot

5.2 Consumer Robots to Take Off First in East Asia

5.3 Care Robots Might Start Looking After the Elderly and Infirm

5.4 Surgical Robots

5.5 China Is Critical to the Robot Industry…

5.6 …and so Is Japan

5.7 Deals

5.7.1 Mergers and Acquisitions

5.7.2 Strategic Alliances

5.8 Timeline

5.9 Healthcare Case Studies

5.9.1 Market Leader Intuitive Surgical Faces Competition from Newcomers

5.9.2 SoftBank Robotics Targets Human-Robot Interfacing

5.9.3 Google and J&J’s Venture into Robotic Surgery – Verb Surgical

5.9.4 Cyberdyne’s Exoskeletons Target Both Care and Rehab

5.9.5 Scalability Is Key to Innovation Associates’ Success

6 Companies Section

6.1 Public Tech Companies

6.2 Private Tech Companies

6.3 Healthcare Companies

7 Glossary

8 Appendix: Our “Thematic” research methodology

8.1 Traditional Thematic Research Does a Poor Job of Picking Winners and Losers

8.2 Introducing GlobalData’s Thematic Engine

8.3 This is how it works

8.4 How Our Research Reports Fit Into Our Overall Research Methodology

8.5 About GlobalData

8.6 Contact us

8.7 Disclaimer

List of Tables

Table 1: Robotic Use Case Trends

Table 2: Technology Themes

Table 3: Regulatory Themes

Table 4: Macroeconomic Themes

Table 5: Healthcare Themes

Table 6: Mergers and Acquisitions

Table 7: Strategic Alliances

Table 8: The Story of Robots so Far

Table 9: Public Tech Companies

Table 10: Private Tech Companies

Table 11: Healthcare Companies

Table 12: Glossary

List of Figures

Figure 1: Who Are the Leaders and Challengers in the Global Robotics Industry?

Figure 2: We see three core segments in the robot value chain: robot manufacturers, robot brains, and robotic components.

Figure 3: Medical Robot Makers: Leaders and Challengers

Figure 4: Industrial Caged Robots: Leaders and Challengers

Figure 5: Co-bots: Leaders and Challengers

Figure 6: Logistics Robots: Leaders and Challengers

Figure 7: Consumer Robots: Leaders and Challengers

Figure 8: There Are Many Types of Consumer Robots

Figure 9: Commercial Drones: Leaders and Challengers

Figure 10: Autonomous Vehicles: Leaders and Challengers

Figure 11: Specialist Software Developers: Leaders and Challengers

Figure 12: Cloud Robotics: Leaders and Challengers

Figure 13: Chip Makers: Leaders and Challengers

Figure 14: Mechanical Components: Leaders and Challengers

Figure 15: Traditionally, there have been two broad categories of robots: industrial robots and service robots

Figure 16: Growth in the Surgical System Market

Figure 17: Five-Step Approach for Generating a Sector Scorecard


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