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Robotic Nursing Assistant System Poised To Curtail Workplace Injuries

Founded in 2007, a Burlington company’s vision to revolutionize healthcare with Robots is becoming reality. Hstar Technologies has raised $9.5 million in funding to develop robots for multiple sectors of the healthcare industry: warehouse, research, automation intelligence, safety, human productivity.

The company’s flagship project, the Robotic Nursing Assistant system (RoNA), aims to assist nursing staff with patient lifting and care.

To build RoNA, the company has assembled a highly talented team with over thirty years of collective robotics development experience, including lab work and research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“We have dedicated ourselves to enhance human safety, human productivity, and healthcare,” COO Dr. Yi-Je Lim said. “That’s where our company came from.” Daily activities include making robots, testing them, and improving on previous sets and designs.

With a variety of practical uses, the RoNA is a robot built to assist nurses and hospital staff, constructed to help with lifting, rounds, delivery, and coordination of patient movement.

“From the foundation of the company until today, we are passionate about creating a nurse robot to strengthen and transform the nurse’s role in driving quality patient care,” Dr. Lim said.

With Safe Patient Handling legislation in only 11 states, hospitals are seeing a lot of workplace injuries in nurses, as a result of heavy lifting and strenuous activity. In addition, nursing home facilities do not usually have devices like these to help with patient assisting. Nurses associations are pushing for federal and state law requiring hospital to adopt a safety policy in regards to patient lifting and associated devices.

“We are currently planning to launch the RoNA product next year,” Dr. Lim said

Dr. Yi-Je Lim said, “Nursing home and in-home caregivers need the right device for handling hospital patients and the elderly. Our RoNA product line plan includes the development of a cost reduced version for nursing-home and home settings.” In the near future, the company sees implications of this medical technology in a wide variety of environments. In the coming years, all involved hope to see the company grow, expand, and continue to innovate in all sectors of medicine.

Olivia Tardif

Olivia Tardif

    Olivia is excited for her spring 2017 internship with MedTech Boston. She hails from Vero Beach, Florida and is pursuing a B.S. in Health: Science, Society, and Policy at Brandeis University and a minor in journalism. When she graduates in May 2018, Olivia hopes to attend dental school and come back to the Northeast to practice. When she isn’t writing for MedTech Boston, she enjoys leading tours for the Brandeis Office of Admissions, working as a Massachusetts and nationally certified EMT with Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps, and previously wrote a weekly publication for Brandeis’ chapter of The Odyssey

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