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The Barriers of the Assistive Robotics Market—What Inhibits Health Innovation?

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School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, University of Plymouth, Plymouth PL48AA, UK
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International Centre for Transformational Entrepreneurship, Coventry University, Coventry CV15FB, UK
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School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Plymouth, Plymouth PL48AA, UK
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Academic Editors: Cecilia Garcia and Changsheng Li
Sensors 2021, 21(9), 3111; https://doi.org/10.3390/s21093111
Received: 17 March 2021 / Revised: 23 April 2021 / Accepted: 26 April 2021 / Published: 29 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Robotics in Healthcare: Automation, Sensing and Application)
Demographic changes are putting the healthcare industry under pressure. However, while other industries have been able to automate their operation through robotic and autonomous systems, the healthcare sector is still reluctant to change. What makes robotic innovation in healthcare so difficult? Despite offering more efficient, and consumer-friendly care, the assistive robotics market has lacked penetration. To answer this question, we have broken down the development process, taking a market transformation perspective. By interviewing assistive robotics companies at different business stages from France and the UK, this paper identifies new insight into the main barriers of the assistive robotics market that are inhibiting the sector. Their impact is analysed during the different stages of the development, exploring how these barriers affect the planning, conceptualisation and adoption of these solutions. This research presents a foundation for understanding innovation barriers that high-tech ventures face in the healthcare industry, and the need for public policy measures to support these technology-based firms. View Full-Text
Keywords: barriers to innovation; assistive robotics; market barriers; healthcare innovation barriers to innovation; assistive robotics; market barriers; healthcare innovation
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Aguiar Noury, G.; Walmsley, A.; Jones, R.B.; Gaudl, S.E. The Barriers of the Assistive Robotics Market—What Inhibits Health Innovation? Sensors 2021, 21, 3111. https://doi.org/10.3390/s21093111

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Aguiar Noury G, Walmsley A, Jones RB, Gaudl SE. The Barriers of the Assistive Robotics Market—What Inhibits Health Innovation? Sensors. 2021; 21(9):3111. https://doi.org/10.3390/s21093111

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Aguiar Noury, Gabriel, Andreas Walmsley, Ray B. Jones, and Swen E. Gaudl 2021. "The Barriers of the Assistive Robotics Market—What Inhibits Health Innovation?" Sensors 21, no. 9: 3111. https://doi.org/10.3390/s21093111

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