[robotics-worldwide] Call for Contributions - ICRA 2013 Workshop on "Evaluating effectiveness and acceptance of robots in surgery: user centered design and economic factors"

Paolo Fiorini paolo.fiorini at univr.it
Wed Jan 30 06:28:57 PST 2013

Evaluating effectiveness and acceptance of robots in surgery: user centered design and economic factors

Organizers: Paolo Fiorini, Giancarlo Ferrigno, Joerg Raczkowsky
Date and Time: Monday, May 6, 2013, 9:00 - 18:00
Website: http://www.eurosurge.eu/eurosurge/events/workshop-icra-2013/
Submission Deadline: March 15, 2013
Acceptance Notification: March 29, 2013
Submission Form: 1 page extended abstract
Publication: full paper submitted at the workshop will be reviewed for online publication on 
“Robotic Surgepedia”
Contact/submission: paolo.fiorini at univr.it

In the framework of the EUROSURGE Coordination Action (FP7-ICT-2011-7 288233), this workshop aims at 
continuing the assessment of Robotic Surgery (RS) with respect to its cost/benefits ratio, from the 
points of view of patient safety and economic return. The need of a clear rationale for RS has 
strongly emerged recently, due to the worldwide push towards cost reduction, possibly without 
compromising therapy results. The optimal balance may be achieved by a combination of factors, 
including new technologies, better training, better logistics, and concentration of robotic 
procedures into centers of excellence. Speakers from surgical, industrial and technology areas have 
been invited to explore the different points of view, and to provide position statements. Other 
participants will be gathered through a call for contributions, to present successful examples of RS 
application. A white paper will be prepared at the end of the workshop on the basis of the discussed 
points. The paper will focus on the factors that justify translation research from technology 
providers to clinical practitioner with the goal of establishing an effective cooperation paradigm 
among all stakeholders to achieve the balance between technology push and clinical pull that 
optimizes RS cost/benefit ratio.

List of topics
The workshop will cover (but won’t be limited to) the following topics:

1. User centered design in surgical robots
2. Modular surgical robots design
3. Surgical robots technology assessment
4. Standardization of surgical robots
5. New approaches to surgical robots for increased clinical uptake (bio-inspired, autonomous, …)
6. Use cases showing new requirements (end users)
7. Exploitation barriers to surgical robots
8. Coordination actions for requirements definitions
9. The role of the training in robotic surgery clinical uptake
10. Ethical and legal issues

Motivation and objectives
The International Workshop on Medical Robots, held in Milan on July 3rd 2012, promoted by the joint 
standardization working group of IEC SC 62A and ISO/TC 184/SC 2 on 'Medical electrical equipment and 
systems using robotic technology (Medical robots)' discussed the following points: the surgical 
robot cost effectiveness has to be proven, at least for specific kinds of surgery; to increase 
acceptability and effectiveness, new devices, inspired by nature and endowed with cognitive 
capabilities, should be proposed to step further. As a matter of fact, surgical robotics is more 
than 30 years old, nevertheless the turnover of new systems in terms of product and/or company 
failures is still high and the clinical uptake still limited. Main critical points are safety, 
usability and cost/benefit ratio. Only a user centered design and applications that really need and 
can take advantage of robotic surgery can effectively enter and remain in the healthcare market. The 
objective of the workshop is thus to bring together young and senior scientists, company developers 
and end users to bridge the existing gaps between technology push and end users pull. Through the 
workshop, the end users will have the possibility to present practical requirements of their daily 
activities, while technological scientists will be able to share their latest ideas for the benefit 
of patients (better outcome, less risks and pain, faster recovery and better cosmetic results) and 
surgeons (ergonomy of the master stations, realistic sensory feedback and virtual environment for 
training). The envisaged presentation are supposed to cover all these aspects, from new approaches 
to surgical robots design (i.e. bio-inspiration, modularity etc.) to the cost effectiveness for the 
healthcare providers, to effectiveness for the citizens, and benefits for companies. Possible 
coordination actions for examining these aspects in more detail will also be discussed.

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