Made to measure

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.

In the operating room of the future

Off to the O.R.! Your workplace sure has changed. A lot more knowledge-based, individualized diagnosis and therapy means a lot less surgery. When you do have to operate, you do so with minimally invasive procedures that reduce stress and risks for your patients. You no longer need to order the new hip joint from a catalog; you simply have it made to measure right next door. And for those tricky tasks that demand exacting precision, you call in your trusty surgical robot.