recommended reading

Operations in China Will Soon Be Performed by American Doctors in Texas, Via Robots

The da Vinci surgical robot system in action during a surgery.

The da Vinci surgical robot system in action during a surgery. // Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi/AP File Photo

A new partnership between two hospitals in China and the US will soon have Chinese patients on an operating table with a robot standing over them. At the controls will be a US doctor in Texas.

The Shenzhen People’s Hospital in China and the Methodist Hospital in Houston have agreed to work together to allow surgical operations to be performed remotely using advanced robotics, reports the Shenzhen Economic News. Staff from Shenzen will fly to Houston this year for training; a start date for remote robotic surgeries has not been set.

Both hospitals have some experience of robotics already. The Methodist Hospital has four working robots and the Shenzhen People’s Hospital conducted its first robotic operation on a human in 2004, although surgical procedures performed from the US will be a new test. The Shenzhen hospital president told the People’s Daily at the time that robots can be far superior to humans. “Besides the high accuracy, a robot arm will easily reach areas where human arms cannot,” he said.

Read more at Quartz

Threatwatch Alert

Accidentally leaked credentials / Misplaced data

Hospital Breach Affects Thousands of Patients

See threatwatch report

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Close [ x ] More from Nextgov
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from Nextgov.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • It’s Time for the Federal Government to Embrace Wireless and Mobility

    The United States has turned a corner on the adoption of mobile phones, tablets and other smart devices, outpacing traditional desktop and laptop sales by a wide margin. This issue brief discusses the state of wireless and mobility in federal government and outlines why now is the time to embrace these technologies in government.

    Download
  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

    Download
  • A New Security Architecture for Federal Networks

    Federal government networks are under constant attack, and the number of those attacks is increasing. This issue brief discusses today's threats and a new model for the future.

    Download
  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

    Download
  • Software-Defined Networking

    So many demands are being placed on federal information technology networks, which must handle vast amounts of data, accommodate voice and video, and cope with a multitude of highly connected devices while keeping government information secure from cyber threats. This issue brief discusses the state of SDN in the federal government and the path forward.

    Download
  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.