sion of surgical tasks such as dissection, grasping and suturing
when compared with traditional 2D surgical systems (based on
internal Olympus testing conducted using a simulated surgical
model). This is accomplished by restoring natural 3D vision
and depth perception when performing laparoscopic procedures, and is independent of a surgeon's skill level.
Close attention to cost containment has always been a priority to hospitals, but is gaining importance in the light of
Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements. Numerous industry
and clinical studies have demonstrated that minimally invasive
surgery provides significant cost savings when compared to a
robotic surgical approach. Also in line with ACA is minimally
invasive surgery’s ability to provide better clinical outcomes
than traditional open surgery. And minimally invasive surgery
presents the ability to enhance patient satisfaction (the third of
the triple aim objectives), by providing less scarring, shorter
hospital stays and faster recovery than traditional open surgery.
Multi-Modality Imaging with 4K UHD
User’s Perspective: Ultra-high definition visualization capabili-
ties and its impact on the OR, both immediately and down the
road, will depend on two dynamics; the ability of hospital and
surgery center data networks to support the added transmis-
sion demands and the true level of improvement that will be
realized once the investment has been made.
It’s another technology that is undoubtedly an enhancement
over current functionality, but will it be worth the additional
costs associated with it? Or, as broad-based consumer demand
drives an increase in usage patterns for this technology in home
entertainment, with the costs go down? Will the implementation of 4k UHD in monitors and visualization equipment
become the norm due to widerspread adoption rates? The
answers to these questions will play a pivotal role in the level of
impact this technology has on the future of the OR.
It will be key for suppliers of this technology to help educate
surgical staffs and facility IT managers on the demands of this
technology in order to ensure it is functioning at its highest level.
A failure to realize the full potential of such an investment could
hurt its rate of adoption and potential patient care benefits.
Supplier’s Voice – Devon Bream, Black Diamond Video:
4K UHD has been an exciting consumer buzz for the past
couple years. Consumer 4K UHD TVs are the premium
purchase for the TV connoisseur despite the lack of true 4K
UHD content. Why is this consumer revolution important to
disruptive technologies in the OR?
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