R2-D2 4 ICU: GE to Develop “Intelligent” Hospital Robot System to Sort and Sterilize Surgical Tools | GE Reports | Robotics in Manufacturing Today | Scoop.it

The Institute of Medicine estimates that tens of thousands of Americans die needlessly every year from avoidable medical errors, including infections acquired during surgery. GE and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have now teamed up to change that. They will develop an “intelligent” system using robots, computer vision and automatic identification technologies like RFID tags to fetch, sort, and sterilize surgical tools. The system could save lives, and money.