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Innovation in Healthcare

Discussion in 'Healthcare Reform Discussions' started by KweenN, Apr 30, 2019 at 12:34 AM.

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    Innovation In Healthcare

    N. Savoy

    April 28, 2019

    There have been numerous innovations in healthcare. One of the most recent and amazing innovations in the healthcare industry is a new sophisticated technological device know as the Da Vinci Surgical System. The mesmerizing robotic surgical system was created in the early 2000's by the American Company Intuitive Surgical. This technological advancement was invented and designed to perform precautionary complicated surgeries with minimum staff being inside the operating room. The surgical system prevents minimal invasive approach and is controlled by a skilled and highly trained surgeon from behind a console. The surgeon operates while in a standing position using hand-held long shaft instruments that has no wrists. The surgeon is also constantly looking up at a 3D video monitor which allows he or she to focus on the image of the targeted area. In addition, the surgeon must rely on an assistant to help make sure the 3D camera is positioned correctly. Superior visualization means greater precision and ergonomic comfortability. According to Hanly, E. J., & Talamini, M. A. (2004), “the system takes advantage of the human brain's natural ability to integrate offset images and produce visual depth” (Robotic abdominal surgery).

    The Da Vinci surgical system is often used for cardio valve repair, gynecologic surgical procedures and many other intricate surgeries. The manufacturers expressed that the Da Vinci System is named so due to Leonardo Da Vinci's study on the human anatomy. Hence, making the Da Vinci surgical system the very first known robot in history. The Da Vinci system took the world by storm when Edward Hospital uploaded a YouTube video in 2018 showing the Da Vinci Surgical System performing a demonstration of peeling the skin off of a grape with accurate precision. Proving its capabilities and impressive convenience, hospitals all over the world brought into the Da Vinci Surgical System. There was a estimate of 200,000 successful surgeries; 4,271 surgical units were used worldwide with a number if 2,770 stationed in the United States alone (ISRG 2017). The Da Vinci System cost 2 million dollars with an additional several hundred thousand for maintenance. The System has been criticized for its hefty price, yet it is still a major medical breakthrough.

    In Conclusion, there have been many innovations in healthcare and there certainly will be much more to come. There are some that are of very great benefits to patients, as well as physicians and hospital. However, with new innovative technology, it will always have its pros and cons hopefully more positive outweighing the negative.


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