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August 23, 2022

Tele-mentoring used to improve surgical robotic systems training

Tele-mentoring helps health professionals utilise telemedicine during their surgical training, offering precision and support.

By GlobalData

Currently, there is a general recognition that the use of information and communication technologies is a potential resource to achieve the radical transformation required by health systems in the world. Included in this transformation is the great challenge of training new health professionals that 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 the participants. In the last years, we have progressively witnessed the widespread use of simulations in the training of doctors and other professionals in the health sciences, so much so that the concept of simulation-based medical education has emerged, now recognised as a fundamental aid to ensure student and physician learning and to improve patient safety. Tele-mentoring involves the use of telemedicine devices to support the training of health professionals during surgical practice.

The Mini Tabletop device from Teladoc Health offers a high-end system made up of an HD Zoom Camera and an audio system to create a face-to-face experience with the user and can be easily placed on any surface such as a desk or working table. The use of this technology in combination with the Connected Health Intelligence Platform (CHiP) from SurgEase Innovation will be of great importance during training in the use of the Versius Surgical Robotic System, according to the recent collaboration announcement of these companies.

Surgical Robotic Systems are designed to carry out highly complex interventions, offering the patient, and especially the medical team, greater flexibility and precision in execution compared to other techniques used in conventional interventions. One of the features that characterise this technology is that it allows for improving medical skills and performing minimally invasive surgery through small, perfectly controlled incisions.

Generally, the learning phase to use Surgical Robotic Systems is intensive, and surgeons must perform multiple 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 anaesthesia for longer periods.

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

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