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How might an operating room look and behave five, 10, 15 years down the road? As a hip and knee surgeon, when you're performing a joint replacement procedure, how do you expect it might be different from today?
It’s likely in the future an operating room is going to look very different. The increase of higher-acuity outpatient surgery is combining with the emergence of advanced technology such as tracking and automation systems, computer assisted surgery, robotics, augmented reality (AR) and other technological advances.
There are two particular ways that I anticipate an increased use of technology. First, I can see a future that involves automation of the surgical experience from the moment a patient walks in the door. Technology could record and transmit information in real time about time spent in the pre-op area, the OR, the recovery area, and the phase of the journey the patient is currently experiencing. This automated progression through the OR could also provide an additional level of safety for the patient. The system could perform its own check to ensure the correct OR, procedure and other items.