Cool Ideas: Remote Surgery: Will Robotic Surgery Work in the Canadian North?

The Conference Board of Canada, 31 pages, April 6, 2020
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  • Delivering complex surgery in the North is a long-standing challenge.
  • Could remote robotic surgery mitigate this challenge, now or in the future? Could it reduce costs, expand access, and/or improve the quality of surgical services in the North?
  • Remote robotic surgery is already a reality in the South, but not yet in the North.
  • Telehealth technologies are successful now in some northern communities.
  • Remote medical technologies must complement, not substitute for, trusted human services. Currently, poor Internet connectivity limits remote technologies.

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