Telepresence and telementoring in surgery

Rifat Latifi, Kim Peck, Richard Satava, Mehran Anvari

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24 Scopus citations

Abstract

Telesurgical mentoring has evolved as an important subset of telemedicine, yet has remained an underutilized technique when all its potential is considered. As applied to surgery, telementoring is used when an experienced surgeon assists or directs another less experienced surgeon who is operating at a distance. Two- and three-dimensional, video-based laparoscopic procedures are an ideal platform for real-time transmission and thus for applying telementoring to surgery. The images viewed by the operating surgeon can easily be transmitted to a central 'telesurgical mentor' and permit an intraoperative interaction. Several studies have demonstrated the practicality, effectiveness and safety of surgical telementoring. The goal of this application of telemedicine is to improve surgical education and training, expand patient care and improve health care delivery by allowing access to surgical specialists. Eventually, surgical telementoring could assist in the provision of surgical care to underserved areas and potentially facilitate the teaching of advanced surgical skills worldwide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEstablishing Telemedicine in Developing Countries
Subtitle of host publicationFrom Inception to Implementation
PublisherIOS Press
Pages200-206
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)1586034235, 9781586034238
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004
Event1st Intensive Balkan Telemedicine Seminar: From Inception to Implementation: The Future has Just Begun - Prishtina, Kosova, Serbia
Duration: Oct 25 2002Oct 27 2002

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Volume104
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365

Other

Other1st Intensive Balkan Telemedicine Seminar: From Inception to Implementation: The Future has Just Begun
CountrySerbia
CityPrishtina, Kosova
Period10/25/0210/27/02

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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    Latifi, R., Peck, K., Satava, R., & Anvari, M. (2004). Telepresence and telementoring in surgery. In Establishing Telemedicine in Developing Countries: From Inception to Implementation (pp. 200-206). (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics; Vol. 104). IOS Press. https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-60750-947-9-200