7th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Research Article

Identifying barriers in telesurgery by studying current team practices in robot-assisted surgery

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2013.252005,
        author={Shirley Elprama and Katriina Kilpi and Pieter Duysburgh and An Jacobs and Lotte Vermeulen and Jan Van Looy},
        title={Identifying barriers in telesurgery by studying current team practices in robot-assisted surgery},
        proceedings={7th International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare},
        publisher={IEEE},
        proceedings_a={PERVASIVEHEALTH},
        year={2013},
        month={5},
        keywords={robot-assisted surgery telesurgery da vinci surgical robot robotically-assisted surgery remote surgery workflow roles in the operating room},
        doi={10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2013.252005}
    }
    
  • Shirley Elprama
    Katriina Kilpi
    Pieter Duysburgh
    An Jacobs
    Lotte Vermeulen
    Jan Van Looy
    Year: 2013
    Identifying barriers in telesurgery by studying current team practices in robot-assisted surgery
    PERVASIVEHEALTH
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/icst.pervasivehealth.2013.252005
Shirley Elprama1,*, Katriina Kilpi1, Pieter Duysburgh1, An Jacobs1, Lotte Vermeulen2, Jan Van Looy2
  • 1: iMinds-SMIT-Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • 2: iMinds-MICT-Universiteit Gent
*Contact email: selprama@vub.ac.be

Abstract

This paper investigates challenges in current practices in robot-assisted surgery. In addition, by using the method of proxy technology assessment, we provide insights into the current barriers to wider application of robot-assisted telesurgery, where the surgeon and console are physically remote from the patient and operating team. Research in this field has focused on the financial and technological constraints that limit such application; less has been done to clarify the complex dynamics of an operating team that traditionally works in close symbiosis. Results suggest that there are implications for working practices in transitioning from traditional robot-assisted surgery to remote robotic surgery that need to be addressed, such as possible communication problems which might have a negative impact on patient outcomes.