real problem with the health care system is the delivery process and that we already have technology that can positively disrupt the health care industry. That positive disruption would lower costs and improve quality. Here in this Global News report we have another example of how new technology coupled with a standardized care delivery process is revolutionizing how people receive care…he other day we wrote about a Harvard Business Review piece that cogently argued the
Remote-presence technology is allowing patients to access services they often cannot get in isolated communities — and receive medical care from a doctor at home.
Imagine not having access to a doctor, and the only way you can receive care is if you travel hundreds of kilometres. A Saskatchewan program is harnessing the power of medical robotics to bring care to remote communities.
There is a robot revolution in health care. Everything from surgery, to preparing chemotherapy and how care is delivered to patients is being transformed by medical robotics.
In Saskatchewan, that means medicine is beamed into remote communities with the assistance of robots.
The premise: bring doctors and care to the patient.
Neurosurgeon Dr. Ivar Mendez, from the University of Saskatchewan, for years has been pioneering the use of remote presence technology in isolated communities in South America, Atlantic Canada and now Saskatchewan.
With the help of a robot, Dr. Ivar Mendez tours the nursing station at Pelican Narrows and talks to staff.
“Access is extremely important,” Mendez told Global News. “I feel that technology, and specifically remote presence technology, will allow us to narrow this gap of inequality.”
This is not just a medical consultation at a distance. These are specialized robots that allow doctors to run tests, diagnose and treat — remotely.
Using a cellphone connection, doctors and nurses can perform an ultrasound, check vital signs, heart and lungs, review X-rays and laboratory tests and more. There are now 22 machines in Saskatchewan that can perform various duties — more than any other province.
These remote areas will be the proving grounds, places in abject need of a positive disruption in the local healthcare delivery system.
In other areas of medical technology the innovations are mind blowing. In the surgical field robots are being used to perform what’s called “keyhole surgery”. Check out this clip of a da Vinci microsurgery system robot stitching a patch of skin back onto a grape. The robot is controlled by a human surgeon using hand and finger controls and a viewing monitor…
The future is now.
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