ECRI Web conference on Surgical Robots on Dec 16th


ECRI Institute’s® ( Web Conference, “Surgical Robots: Systematic Planning and Implementation” on December 16, 2009, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. EST, will present first-hand surgical robot experiences and discuss ways to successfully integrate them into your hospital.

PLYMOUTH MEETING, PA— Robotic surgery, where surgical instruments inside the patient are manipulated remotely by the surgeon, has been touted as the “future of surgery.” The new technology enhances precision and decreases surgeon fatigue and is used for minimally invasive surgery and telesurgery (operating from a distance). However, if not planned for effectively, this technology may not achieve the anticipated benefits. Some downsides to surgical robot technology include limited evidence supporting their clinical value, lower than expected utilization, unexpected costs such as, scheduling difficulties, and challenging implementation and training issues.

Presenters will also cover:

The process that should be in place to develop a case for purchasing a surgical robot system.
Planned and unexpected costs related to surgical robotic systems.
Lessons learned associated with planning for, implementing, and managing the use of surgical robotic systems.

Speakers include:
James P. Keller, Jr., MS, Moderator, Vice President, Health Technology Evaluation and Safety, ECRI Institute
Diane Robertson, Director, Health Technology Assessment Information Services, ECRI Institute
Gregg Lauder, MBA, CMRP, Senior Director, Capital Equipment, Banner Health Materials Management
Paul Booth MS, Section Head, Biomedical Systems, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

To learn more, or to register for this Web conference, visit  or contact ECRI Institute by telephone at (610) 825-6000, ext. 5889;  by mail at 5200 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462-1298, USA.

What is Web Conference

Web conferencing is used to conduct live meetings, training, or presentations via the Internet. In a web conference, each participant sits at his or her own computer and is connected to other participants via the internet. This can be either a downloaded application on each of the attendees’ computers or a web-based application where the attendees access the meeting by clicking on a link distributed by e-mail (meeting invitation) to enter the conference.

A webinar is a neologism to describe a specific type of web conference. It is typically one-way,[1] from the speaker to the audience with limited audience interaction, such as in a webcast. A webinar can be collaborative[1] and include polling and question & answer sessions to allow full participation between the audience and the presenter. In some cases, the presenter may speak over a standard telephone line, while pointing out information being presented onscreen, and the audience can respond over their own telephones, speaker phones allowing the greatest comfort and convenience. There are web conferencing technologies on the market that have incorporated the use of VoIP audio technology, to allow for a completely web-based communication. Depending upon the provider, webinars may provide hidden or anonymous participant functionality, making participants unaware of other participants in the same meeting.

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