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ABHI Announces Creation of Robotic-Assisted Surgery Member Group

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The Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI) has formed a Robotic-Assisted Surgery member group to bring together HealthTech companies, the clinical community and other relevant organisations who have a strong interest in furthering the development of surgical robotic systems and their use in surgery.

Surgical robotics has evolved over recent years to become established clinical practice in several surgical fields and has inspired the development of an ever-increasing number of technology platforms. Chaired by Andrew Bonser, Director of Government Affairs, Intuitive Surgical UK & Ireland, ABHI’s RAS group is currently comprised of representatives from CMR Surgical, Intuitive Surgical, Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Smith & Nephew, Stryker and Zimmer Biomet. It will be the key industry community to engage a varied network on the development and successful adoption of this technology and surgical technique.

Surgical robotic systems are designed to allow surgeons and doctors to perform many types of complex procedures with greater accuracy and reduce variability in surgical outcomes. This can be achieved through a combination of vision and digital technologies, precision instrumentation and ergonomic design characteristics to assist the surgeon and clinical Teams. Shorter hospital stay, lower complication rates and a quicker return to normal activity are known benefits of robotic-assisted surgery.

The Group plans to work with NHS partners, clinical colleges, academic centres and other relevant groups to support the safe and effective growth in the use of surgical robotic systems.

Nishan Sunthares, ABHI’s Chief Operating Officer and lead on robotic-assisted surgery said “I am delighted that ABHI has convened its robotic-assisted surgery group. The development of robotic surgery platforms continues apace, and is poised for strong adoption. As with any new health technology, we must ensure that the surgical application of this technology is safe, sustainable and delivers high quality patient outcomes and productivity benefits to health systems. We look forward to working with clinical colleagues, academic centres and others to this end.”

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