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The high costs, risks, and questionable patient outcomes associated with robotic surgery are driving hospitals and health systems to rethink their approach to their robotic surgery programs. As many robotics systems start to show their age, hospital administrators are grappling with next-generation decisions.

If you have a robotic surgery program in place, or are thinking about developing one, consider the following questions:

  • What does the future hold for surgical robotics programs?
  • Does your robotics program match best practices for service delivery and credentialing?
  • Are you performing the right procedures on the right patients?


Unbiased Expertise

With no ties to manufacturers and a strict conflict-of-interest policy, ECRI Institute can be your objective, unbiased partner in your robotic surgery planning, whether you need customized, strategic planning recommendations to improve your current program, or if you're looking to develop one that’s appropriate for your institution.

Is a robotic surgery program right for your hospital?

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Strategic Planning 

ECRI Institute can help you integrate surgical robotics into your strategic planning by:

  • Analyzing your current and projected traditional and robotic surgery case mix and volume
  • Providing decision makers with evidence-based guidance on the procedures that are well-positioned to be performed robotically, and whether your facility should pursue them
  • Making unbiased purchasing recommendations

Quality and Training

The heartbeat of our customized service is developing and implementing best practice, programmatic approaches for promoting high levels of patient care, quality, safety, and operations. This service includes the following critical tasks:

  • Evaluating initial training and annual privileging requirements
  • Reviewing adverse events and surgical complications
  • Exploring simulation training and resident/fellow education programs
  • Tracking and assessing trends in complication rates, transfusion needs, length of stay, and anesthesia needs

Financial Assessment

A robotic surgery program is an expensive initiative. Our deep assessment looks at a range of issues aimed at assessing the financial health of your program by:

  • Analyzing the volume and type of robotic and comparable non-robotic procedures
  • Optimizing OR time
  • Considering robotic-specific consumables
  • Improving efficiency by reviewing your scheduling and staffing practices

Are You Investing in the Right Robotic Surgery Program?

To learn more, contact us today at (610) 825-6000, ext. 5655, or consultants@ecri.org.

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