Health Care Innovation
January 25, 2014
Health Care Innovation
The term “medical technology” can be used to refer to the procedures, equipment, and processes by which health care professionals deliver medical care. (The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, 2007) Examples of medical technology would include x-rays, robot assisted surgery systems, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT) scanners, positron emission tomography (PET) scanners, implantable defibrillators, and ventilators. Other examples include electronic medical records (EMR), angioplasty, joint replacement, and drugs for the treatment of various health conditions. ...view middle of the document...
(Queens Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, n.d.)
Minimally invasive surgery, with the use of robot-assisted surgery, can improve the quality of life for those that are in need of surgical intervention without the lengthy recovery time of traditional surgery. Benefits of minimally invasive surgery may include reduced pain and trauma to the patient’s body, less blood loss, reducing the need for transfusions, reduced post-operative pain, lower risk of infection, a shorter hospital stay, faster recovery, less scarring, and a faster return to work for most patients.
Robot-assisted surgery can reduce health care spending over time. The initial investment in the robot-assisted surgery system (RAS) can appear to be significant, however, over time it will pay for itself making it a cost effective technology in which to invest. It will reduce health care spending for the patient, by reducing their hospitalization time from several days down to in some cases as short as overnight for observation. This reduces the amount of their hospital bill (based on the number of days admitted to the hospital following surgery) and reduces their post-surgery time frame before they are able to return to their normal work and daily activities. (Queens Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, n.d.)
The robot-assisted surgery system is likely to be a trend in the future as it does allow surgeons to perform surgery using minimally invasive techniques, allowing the patient to return to their normal activities sooner than they would be able to with traditional surgery methods. Medical technology has improved over the years, allowing for the development of many useful tools, which can be used to assist health care...