Implementing Nursing Equipment in the Real World

To relieve the burden on nursing-care workers, the use of robotic technology in the care field is strongly desired. However, because of marketability, safety, and practicality issues, nursing equipment which utilizes advanced technologies is experiencing slow development and implementation.

To overcome these obstacles, the Ministry of the Economy, Trade and Industry has identified the following key goals:

  • Identify key development areas based on actual needs [needs oriented].
  • Improve ease of use and lower costs through stage-gate trials [low cost].
  • Solicit public and institutional support in order to implement the equipment at actual sites [large quantity].

To achieve these goals, we began the “Robotic Care Equipment Development and Introduction Project” in 2013.

The Ministry of the Economy, Trade and Industry and the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has formulated and released “The 4 Priority Areas where Robotic Technology is to be Introduced in Nursing Care of the Elderly” in November 2012 and it was revised to expand the priority areas from 4 to 5 in February 2014.
“Revision of the Four Priority Areas to Which Robot Technology is to be Introduced in Nursing Care of the Elderly” (METI Home page)

In this it is stated that by supporting the development and introduction of robotic care equipment in the essential areas and creating a new market for robotic care equipment, we may partially lift the burden from care workers and empower those who require care.

Priority Areas

Below are the 8 items in 5 priority areas we are now focusing on. Please click below to see more information and a list of scheduled and adopted robotic care equipment.

Wearable transfer aids
Non-wearable transfer aids
Outdoor mobility aids
Indoor mobility aids
Toileting aids
Bathing aids
Monitoring systems for nursing care homes
Monitoring systems for private homes

Overview of the Project