Surgical Robotics: Our healthcare system needs to change

Surgical Robotics: Our healthcare system needs to change

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Medical robotics is growing fast. Technological advances in this area are numerous, some are available right now, while other major advances are foreseen in the very near future. The Canadian healthcare system must rapidly review its priorities to provide the best possible care for patients.

This was stated by Stuart Kozlick, Vice President of Medical Robotics at Kinova Robotics in an interview with Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) in Toronto on Monday, May 15th.

“Augment human capabilities, not replace”

Asked to comment on the future of medicine and the many technological advances in medical robotics, Kozlick explained that robotics allows us to exceed the physical limits of health professionals and therefore provide better patient care.

“With surgical robotics, tools traditionally operated manually are now automated and motorized which allows surgeons to achieve levels of precision that no doctor could dream of. The human wrist, for example, is limited in its movements, so the tools in the hand of the surgeon are also limited. Medical robotics eliminates these limitations”, says Kozlilck.

Help, not replace

According to a recent study, upwards of 50 to 95% of approved, regulated, medical technologies do not make their way into Canadian healthcare institutions, the first time around. “This has to change!”, insisted Kozlick.

He also made it clear that medical robotics did not have the objective to replace the craftsmen of the health sector. “We strongly believe that healthcare professionals should focus on human interaction, their relationship with patients and develop new ways of practicing medicine, rather than spending time on logistics, filling in reports or doing repetitive tasks that have no added value.”

Medical robotics has the power to free health professionals from these repetitive tasks that bring nothing concrete to patients.