Telementoring used to improve training in surgical robotic systems

Currently, it is generally recognized that the use of information and communication technologies is a potential resource for achieving the radical transformation required by health systems around the world. Included in this transformation is the great challenge of training new healthcare professionals who include the development of surgical skills without endangering the lives of patients during this process.

Telemedicine involves the exchange of medical information from one site to another through electronic communications to support health care services when distance separates participants. In recent years, we have gradually witnessed the generalization of simulation in the training of doctors and other professionals in the health sciences, so much so that the concept of medical training by simulation has appeared, now recognized as an aid fundamental to ensuring student and physician learning and improving patient safety. Telementoring involves the use of telemedicine devices to support the training of healthcare professionals during surgical practice.

Teladoc Health’s mini tabletop device offers a premium system consisting of an HD zoom camera and audio system to create a face-to-face experience with the user and can be easily placed on any surface like a desk or office. table. Using this technology in combination with SurgEase Innovation’s Connected Health Intelligence Platform (CHiP) will be of great importance when training to use the Versius Surgical Robotic System, according to the companies’ recent collaboration announcement.

Surgical robotic systems are designed to perform very complex interventions, offering the patient, and in particular the medical team, greater flexibility and precision of execution compared to other techniques used in conventional interventions. One of the characteristics that characterizes this technology is that it allows improving medical skills and performing minimally invasive surgery through small, perfectly controlled incisions.

Generally, the learning phase of using surgical robotic systems is intensive and surgeons must perform several procedures to become experts in its use. During the training phase, minimally invasive operations can take up to twice as long as traditional surgery, leading to the use of operating rooms and surgical staff who keep patients under anesthesia for longer periods of time. periods.

For this reason, the introduction of tele-mentoring systems represents greater support during the training phase, offering expert clinical assistance during surgical interventions.

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Christine E. Phillips