Digitalisierung in der Chirurgie: Was Chirurgen darüber denken und was sie wissen – Ergebnisse einer Onlineumfrage

Translated title of the contribution: Digitalization in surgery: What surgeons currently think and know about it—results of an online survey

D. Wilhelm, M. Kranzfelder, D. Ostler, A. Stier, H. J. Meyer, H. Feussner

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Abstract

Background: The digitalization process is currently on everyone’s lips and sweeping changes in the field of public health and especially in surgery are to be expected within the next few years. Besides general issues, such as electronic health records and medical information systems, artificial intelligence, robotics and model-based surgery will decisively impact on the daily routine. In order to provide the necessary knowledge base, to point out related risks and chances and also to define fields of action for surgery, the German Society of Surgery commissioned a position paper on digitalization. A first appraisal in form of an online survey is the subject of this article. Methods: This article is based on an online survey of the members of the German Society of Surgery and selected members of other related societies. The survey asked for the members’ personal assessment concerning different aspects of the digitalization process and the respective state of knowledge as well as the impact on the field of surgery. Results: A total of 296 members contributed to this survey. According to their assessment, digitalization in surgery is currently associated with terms such as electronic health records and medical information systems but they also assume a relevant influence on their own activities and on the fields of interventional medicine and surgery. A relevant need for improvement of the current state of knowledge was highlighted, not only for general aspects of digitalization but also for surgically relevant issues in particular. The vast majority of interviewed members saw digitalization more as a chance for improvement than as a risk factor. Conclusion: According to the views of interviewed members of the German Society of Surgery the process of digital transformation will significantly impact the field of surgery. All those involved should feel responsible to contribute to and guide this process in order to maintain the surgically inherent requirements and to protect patient safety. The position paper on digitalization can serve as a basis and should define concrete recommendations for action. In the sense of an academic approach the new possibilities should be critically evaluated with respect to suitability and should be exclusively confined to applications that are beneficial to ourselves and to our patients.

Translated title of the contributionDigitalization in surgery: What surgeons currently think and know about it—results of an online survey
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)51-59
Number of pages9
JournalChirurg
Volume91
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes

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