Objectives of the service
Users and their needs
Yuman addresses the major challenge in the European healthcare systems, the shortage of nurses. Yuman’s robots assist nurses by automating the transport of equipment in hospitals, like food, medical equipment or lab samples. The robots are currently assisting nurses with the transport of medical equipment in two Danish hospitals. Yuman targets departments who are under pressure because of the nurse shortage, worldwide.
Throughout the SNA project, 51 nurses from over 10 Danish hospitals were interviewed, and over 200 hours were spent doing observations in different hospital departments.
Service/ system concept
SNA supports the transformation of the healthcare system by introducing automated, autonomous operating solutions to increase the efficiency, flexibility and agility in hospitals, and specifically addressing the major challenge in the European healthcare systems, the shortage of nurses. It will free up valuable nursing time, thus improving the time available to care about the patients.
The SNA provides an unmanned medical equipment delivery robot service, to effectively lower the pressure on the nurses and other healthcare personnel by taking over some of the time-consuming tasks of delivering items and equipment between departments of hospitals, nursing homes and similar healthcare institutions.
Space Added Value
The SNA robot integrates GNSS and visual navigations, enabling it to work seamlessly within hospital buildings as well as outside between buildings. The GNSS satellite navigation guides the robot safely in real-time when operating and manoeuvring in open areas. It is integrated with visual navigation algorithms for safe indoor movements to secure seamless indoor-outdoor transitions.
Yuman’s robots started to be tested in two Danish hospitals in June 2023, and they continue to do so. During the tests, the Yuman team is gathering feedback on the robot’s design and measuring the interaction between the nurses and the robot so as to develop a solution that can be transferable to other departments. The initial tests showed that the robots are able to provide valuable assistance to the nurses, and enable them to spend more time near their patients.