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The Robotics Program A How-to-Guide for Physician Leaders On Starting Up a Successful Program. von Loftus, Terrence J. (eBook)

  • Erscheinungsdatum: 20.06.2016
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The Robotics Program

The Robotics Program: A How-to-Guide for Physician Leaders on Starting Up a Successful Program builds on the concept that successful programs can be differentiated from unsuccessful programs by seven core elements. Dr. Loftus describes his personal journey as a physician executive in developing a surgical robotics program for a large healthcare system. He demonstrates how to incorporate the seven core elements in the development, implementation and sustainability of a robotics program.


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    Kopierschutz: AdobeDRM
    Seitenzahl: 76
    Erscheinungsdatum: 20.06.2016
    Sprache: Englisch
    ISBN: 9781483573953
    Verlag: BookBaby
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The Robotics Program

SEVEN PILLARS Several years ago I began a new role as a physician executive for a large integrated delivery network. My previous role was as a Chief Medical Officer of a large community hospital and before that as an Acute Care Surgeon at a Level 1 Trauma Center. The new role was a corporate position, and my title was Medical Director of Surgical Services and Clinical Resources. One of the primary functions for the system's surgical services was to oversee clinical quality and patient safety. This involved guiding the development and implementation of clinical practices across the system. The other primary function was to work alongside, and advise supply chain services, especially with regards to surgical services. On my first day of work at the corporate office, one of the members of our senior management group stopped me in the hall and asked, "Terry, what do you know about robots?" "Not much", was my reply. "Do you have a strong belief, either way, regarding robotics? He pressed. "Not really", I said. "I'm pretty much an agnostic." "Perfect", he said, "we would like you to learn as much as you can". And so began my journey. His real concern was the system invested millions of dollars in robotic technology, and was still not sure if it was a good investment. They wanted someone who was a surgeon who could provide insight into this investment, and guidance for the system. They received plenty of opinions from surgeons who either supported or didn't support the use of robotics. What they needed was someone who was relatively neutral to the technology, and was willing to do a deep dive into the vast amounts of data the system collected on robotics. The hope was that mining the data of twenty robotic systems in thirteen facilities would reveal new insights regarding the technology. I'm a bit of a data geek and I love a great mystery, so I was perfect for this adventure. What I hope to convey to you in this book is what I learned along the way. Before we delve any further, I want to say a word about who the audience for this book is. It is primarily for people who want to develop a Robotics Program for a hospital or system. It is also for those who already have a program in place and are looking for ways to improve it. While it doesn't matter which type of robotics systems you are using, this program was primarily developed around the Intuitive Surgical system. By the end of 2015 there were almost 3,600 Intuitive Surgical da Vinci systems installed worldwide i . Two-thirds were in the United States and one out of every six systems was in Europe. There is a good chance you are working in one of these facilities. Regarding the evidence, this book will not go into an exhaustive review of the clinical literature regarding robotic assisted surgery. In addition, this book is not a replacement for other programs such as: Intuitive Surgical's Genesis Training Program, the ECRI Institute's Robotic Surgery Planning Program, The Center for Applied Value Analysis (CAVU) program for robotics or the program from the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgery. This book is meant to supplement these excellent programs. You are reading this book because you wish to expand your knowledge of how to build a successful Robotics Program. You are also reading this book because you may still have some doubt, and want to know what would transform someone from a robotics agnostic to a robotics believer. As you may have already determined, I am no longer agnostic to the technology. I believe it has a role in the discipline of surgery. I also believe its role is slowly evolving as the technology improves, and the clinical evidence for its best use is slowly being revealed in the literature and in the proving grounds of the operating room. As it turns out, it is not as simple as buying a robot and setting it up in an

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