The COVID-19 pandemic is causing changes in how people work and interact—and especially in how healthcare is provided. With embattled countries facing a health crisis of global proportions, thousands of robots and drones are being deployed in hospitals, on the streets, in public buildings, and in the skies around the world to combat the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the COVID-19 illness. Healthcare professionals and businesses are finding innovative ways to use robots and drones to help patients and those in quarantine. The market for healthcare robots was already emerging, and now the pandemic is adding impetus to market growth. The stimulating effects are expected to boost development, demand, and investment in this industry. Robotics companies, integrators, and value-added suppliers have many opportunities to service this sector and gain market share and mindshare. The pandemic is also attracting investment for both existing companies and startups that want to take advantage of the current momentum in the healthcare robots market. All of this presents a chance for large companies to diversify and for small companies to identify and develop products and services for niche healthcare markets. Omdia expects the global healthcare robots market to grow from $1.9bn in 2019 to $5.4bn by 2025. This Market Landscape report explores some of the ways robots are helping to combat the pandemic. Omdia examines how this health crisis will affect both the robotics industry and the healthcare industry now and in the future. The report provides a concise examination of the market issues surrounding healthcare robots and drones and presents a market outlook through 2025 that assesses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It discusses crucial market dynamics and industry applications, in addition to providing recommendations for healthcare enterprises and vendors. Omdia also provides a categorized list of the top 24 industry players, organized by application.
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Senior Analyst, Robotics & Autonomous Machines
As a Senior Analyst, Glenn Sanders synthesizes information about technologies, markets, and use cases, including services, hardware, and software. Glenn brings more than 25 years of insight from his business and technology experience in Japan and Silicon Valley as a senior technologist and technology writer.
Glenn’s first foray into technology writing was for Fujitsu in Tokyo in 1996. He specializes in research about robots, drones, and autonomous machines. Prior to joining Omdia, he was a senior analyst for Greenlight Insights, where he led the creation of industry reports about virtual reality and augmented reality software, hardware, and platforms. As a senior analyst for Intellectual Ventures and for Ocean Tomo, Glenn led market analysis and technology valuation for investment funds worth over $20 million on a range of topics, including electric vehicles, semiconductors, power systems, inventory management systems, near-field communications, radio frequency ID, and web-based OS software and devices.
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