ECRI Institute's New Robotic Surgery Service Helps Hospitals Brace for Change

With new surgical robots on the horizon, hospitals must evaluate how robotic surgery impacts patient care and their financial well-being

Aug 27, 2015, 12:56 ET from ECRI Institute

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., Aug. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Now that Intuitive Surgical, Inc.® has announced that it is decommissioning the Da Vinci S™ surgical robot, hospitals with robotic surgery programs need to think about their robot replacement plans. They also need to see where they stand with robotic surgery. Are they performing the right procedures on the right patients? Have they adopted best practices for safety? Should they plan to expand their robotic surgery program in the future?

ECRI Institute, which has nearly 50 years' experience evaluating the cost, safety, and efficacy of medical devices, announces a new robotic surgery planning service designed to help hospitals and health systems navigate the complexities of robotic surgery.

As part of this service, ECRI Institute's experts work with hospital decision makers to define the clinical, safety, technology, and business requirements of robotic surgery. The service helps hospitals focus on the following critical areas:

  • Practicality: Explores the feasibility of implementing a robotic surgery program with evidence-based guidance, surgical caseload assessment, and unbiased purchasing recommendations.
  • Patient safety and quality: Examines whether a hospital is implementing best practices to promote exceptional patient care, quality, safety, and clinical operations.
  • Cost: Offers a nuanced analysis of the cost-effectiveness of procedures and processes, OR time optimization, robotic-specific consumables, and staff efficiency.

"We developed this service to help hospitals decide if this costly mode of surgery—which currently has limited clinical evidence and the potential for overuse—is appropriate for their needs," says Thomas E. Skorup, MBA, FACHE, vice president, applied solutions group, ECRI Institute.

"Whether hospitals have a robotic surgery program in place or are considering one, we want to help them implement best practices and support their use of informed decision making so their programs are safe and cost effective," he continues.

Earlier this month, ECRI Institute released a robotic surgery infographic, which is available for free download. The infographic is designed to help hospitals and health systems better understand the complexities of robotic surgery and where the technology stands in today's healthcare system.

For more information, or to learn about any of ECRI Institute's other consulting services, please contact ECRI Institute by telephone at (610) 825-6000, ext. 5655; by e-mail at; by fax at (610) 834-1275; or by mail at 5200 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462. ECRI's European office can be contacted at; ECRI's Malaysian office can be contacted at; and ECRI's Middle Eastern office can be contacted at ECRI also offers free resources in our online eNewsletters.

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