Today, surgical video can be consulted anywhere there is authorized internet connection. Surgical procedures can simply be streamed via a high-bandwidth network and secure gateway.
This creates a lot of opportunities to optimize efficiency in the operating room. When healthcare specialists or even non-clinical personnel do not have to be physically present in the OR, there is no need to travel or lose time because of incompatible work schedules.
In times when OR efficiency, cost reductions, and scarce medical resources are on top of the agenda, remote access to the OR is part of the solution. The example of telesurgery – an intervention performed by a surgeon who is not physically located with the patient – probably appeals most to the imagination.
But the possibilities expand well beyond that, to include telementoring, teleproctoring, and teleconsulting. While securely connected with remote participants, it has become much easier to meet, train, consult and interact with clinical and non-clinical professionals.