The world will need fewer surgical procedures once diagnostics and therapy selection are more knowledge-based and personalized. And when surgeons have no choice but to operate, minimally invasive procedures, real-time situational information and remote consultations with experts will mitigate stress and risks for patients. Surgical robots can lend a helping tool for special surgical procedures that demand utmost precision. IT will help staff plan, maximize and monitor the use and availability of operating rooms, equipment, patient beds and personnel. Doctors and nurses will use visual monitoring stations and mobile devices to this end.
Implants will no longer be manufactured to a standard; they will be made individually for each patient on demand. For example, technicians will tailor the shell and foam filling of ceramic bone implants to the individual’s bone and skeletal structure.