Surgeons hampered by ‘inefficient technology’

A survey of UK surgeons has highlighted the urgent need to upgrade healthcare technology. The report suggest that significant time is being wasted due to inefficient technologies, and that an upgrade in technology in the operating room is long overdue.

A survey of 300 UK surgeons has found that each surgeon loses an average of four hours a week due to inefficient technology. This is equal to more than an entire working month of hours each year. The study, State of Surgery in the UK: Technology and Efficiency in Patient Care, conducted on behalf of global healthcare technology leader Medtronic, reveals 79% of UK surgeons feel care would be easier to deliver if technology was improved.

The study explores surgeons’ attitudes towards the technologies they use in their role, the efficiency of them and the degree to which they enhance or hinder performance. Fifty-four percent of surgeons reported spending time outside of hospital hours on administration that could be automated, and 58% agree technology in the operating room is inefficient and could impact the delivery of patient care.

Other key findings included in the report were as follows:

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