In 2013 Google Glass used in the operating room to retransmit an operation, it was the first time something like this happened in history. Smart glasses are a technology with fantastic possibilities in the field of health. What I did was a live streaming of an intervention for a group of students located remotely, something that had never been done before. For me as a surgeon did not change the way to perform the operation, but for students who could follow it live, was a unique experience that aroused great interest. It was the first step in what can be a real revolution in relation to the use of smart glasses in healthcare and medical education.
The Future of Robotic Surgery
When we talk about robotic surgery is just one way of referring to it. It is not that a robot takes care of the surgery, but it is robotic remote tools that used by a professional surgeon allow to perform a surgery of greater precision, in high definition. One always thinks that in the future we will be able to see systems of artificial intelligence or deep learning that can make their own decisions. There is still a lot for that but technology is exponential and what we now see as something very advanced or futuristic, has already several years of evolution. There are new systems that are already a reality but have not yet been used clinically. They are unique incision systems, which leave no scar. The concept of robotic surgery remains the same but new tools are going to be much less invasive than current ones and the vision, mobility and processing of images and movement will be much more advanced.
The potential of Telemedicine
Telemedicine is one of my initial passions and is still the perfect example of how technology can be intelligently used to improve the health system, contact with both patients and other colleagues and medical education. Telemedicine improves connectivity and communication, both with large and expensive equipment that are still used as with current portable devices, such as a smartphone. I was pleased to offer a Tedx conference on using iPod Touch for emergency trauma consultation. With a device that cost $ 200 we were technically and potentially life-saving, as it allowed us to connect thousands of miles away and advise a doctor who did not have so much experience, so we managed to improve the quality of medical care Gave to that patient.
The future of healthcare
In my opinion, the innovations that will be most important in the near future, both in terms of medical care and health education, will be virtual reality and augmented reality. Google Glass was the first step, just as the Ford T was a revolution in the automotive world, but there are already new systems like Oculus Rift or Samsung VR, or others as simple as Google Cardboard, that plunge you into a virtual reality, which Can be created digitally or use real 360 degree recordings. The group with which I work in the United Kingdom, Medical Realities, was the first to perform live surgery with virtual reality, recording in 360 degrees and relaying the operation live through streaming. About 53,000 people around the world, thanks to a Google Cardboard or other visioner and a free smartphone, were able to follow that operation in real time as if they were in the operating room at the time. Imagine the potential of these technologies to improve the quality of medical education, which allow a surgeon without great experience to have access to the surgery of an expert.