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The demographic challenge is becoming a serious issue for developed countries like Germany and Denmark: people live longer lives and natality is decreased, which places a great burden on social institutions of states and regions. Healthcare is an area where this pressure is clearly felt. As there are more and more older people, there will be more of those who need the help of care personnel. Automation and the use of robots can help with streamlining processes, making hospitals more effective, more pleasant and freeing up staff for patient-related tasks where robots cannot be used.

Denmark and Germany have seen increased automation of processes at hospitals in recent years. Robots can be readily seen in corridors delivering goods or offering hand sanitization. But these robots still can’t perform more advanced tasks. The reasons might be the following:

· Lacking interaction capabilities

· They are too bulky for narrow hospital corridors

· Built for a single purpose, which makes them less versatile and a less attractive business case for investors.

· Lack of standard rules for robots

Rendering by Rasmus Peter Junge

Based on these issues, we set out on this project to create a new, small-footprint, interactive, modular mobile service robot to tackle the above-mentioned issues, which have not been addressed before. We have identified several use cases where such a robot will be very useful: greeting and guiding, patrolling, helping patients with non-medical needs, small-scale logistics, light cleaning and disinfection of surfaces. Additionally, to alleviate the lack of rules/policy on robots in hospitals, we will organize meetings and round-table discussions between involved healthcare organizations to produce a set of guidelines. This will lead to cross-border standardization, which in turn will result in easier adoption of robots in hospitals. Throughout the project we will focus on cross-border collaboration. We will do this by:

· Involving all larger hospitals and knowledge institutions in the program region

· Organizing cross-border research visits by professional and research personnel to ensure more efficient knowledge transfer

· Organize a cross-border network on robotization of hospitals