Surgical oncologist Mr Myles Smith and a panel of experts were involved in a Delphi research exercise to present a practical consensus definition of the term digital surgery. This was recently featured in Nature Partner Journals – Digital Medicine.
The study involved 38 international experts, across the fields of surgery, AI, industry, law, ethics and policy. They participated in a four-round Delphi exercise involving questionnaires so each member could comment on different elements of digital surgery based on their personal opinion, experience, or previous research.
The definition of digital surgery as ‘the use of technology for the enhancement of preoperative planning, surgical performance, therapeutic support, or training, to improve outcomes and reduce harm’ achieved 100% consensus agreement. Additionally, the review highlighted key ethical issues concerning data, privacy, confidentiality and public trust, consent, law, litigation and liability, and commercial partnerships within digital surgery. They identified 38 barriers and 22 research goals for future practice.
You can read the article here – https://www.nature.com/articles/s41746-022-00641-6