In some hospitals, a full suite of advanced visualization and information-guidance technologies is available, including surgical navigation, augmented reality, robotic assistance, intraoperative imaging and streaming/recording.
Connected to the hospital’s electronic health records (EHR) through a digital ‘hub’ in the operating room, the digitally empowered operating room allows all relevant hospital staff to contribute to the planning and delivery of an elevated patient experience. Digital suites facilitate tumor board discussions, surgical plan review, easy scheduling, patient-centric and surgeon-specific O.R. prep, procedure recording, surgical flow and post-operative analysis and reporting.
Combined, these innovations are changing the way that spine surgery is performed and the outcomes that can be expected by patients.1