Telepresence set to surge (but not in traditional offices)

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The market for telepresence robots, which allow remote workers to beam into far-off locales, is set to surge. But some of the biggest growth seems to be coming from an unexpected sector: Healthcare.

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According to new research from market research firm Report Linker, the telepresence market overall will be worth $312 million by 2022. That’s over a two-fold increase from the current market size of $145.8 million.

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Much of that growth will come from healthcare providers, who are adopting telepresence as a way to expand care and increase the reach of medical experts. Telepresence has long been offered as a potential remediation tool for


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