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South Korea’s Myongji Hospital to develop robots that support dementia patients

Myongji Hospital, a tertiary care facility in South Korea’s Gyeonggi Province, is developing an AI-powered care robot to help patients with dementia.

The AI ​​robot called “PIO” will be developed as part of a recently signed technology development agreement with Whydots, a local robot maker.

WHAT MATTERS

The PIO robot, which resembles a parrot, aims to stimulate attachment and emotions in patients with early dementia. It has a camera that recognizes the user’s face and facial expressions and can express emotions through its LED eyes and body movements.

In its development, Myongji will contribute its experience and clinical data from dementia patients collected from Baekse-chongmyung school, which manages the hospital’s community-based dementia management program. The hospital will also create cognitive intervention content.

WHY IT MATTER

According to a press statement, PIO can help relieve depression and improve users’ emotional stability and cognitive skills. A first trial of the technology early this year found that it helped improve the emotional state and mental capacity of patients at Baekse-chongmyung School. It also got high satisfaction from users.

It is also expected that PIO will reduce the workload for nursing staff by interacting with patients while supporting the management of their condition.

THE BIGGER TREND

Local governments in South Korea have provided companion robots to singles and people with mental health problems to support their well-being. the government of Chungnam . Province, for example, is currently trialling AI-based care robots, which have been deployed to help communicate with lone residents and people with mental health problems as part of its suicide prevention efforts. The Gwanak district in Seoul followed suit by the AI ​​robot called . to bet channy to serve as a personal companion to singles in their community.

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ON THE REGISTRATION

South Korea’s elderly population is growing rapidly and made up about 16% of the total population or 8.53 million last year. According to Statistics Korea, this upward trend could continue, possibly reaching about 13 million by 2030 and 17 million by 2040. By 2050, people aged 65 and older may make up more than 40% of the entire population.

“As the number of dementia patients is expected to increase due to the rapid aging of the population, proper and effective dementia treatment and treatment is urgently needed,” said Kim Jin-gu, director of Myongji Hospital.

He added that Myongji Hospital will continue to develop technology and produce content for dementia-friendly AI care robots with its know-how and expertise acquired by exploiting Baekse-chongmyung school.

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