Expected Changes in an Orthopedic Surgeon’s Digital Life

AI in all medical devices, including orthopedic surgical robotics, is experiencing a dramatic shift.

AI, digital health, and all its applications have dominated the headlines for more than five years. This has intensified since the launch of the world’s most familiar mode of AI—ChatGPT. A media frenzy and an accessible user interface have started bare knuckles competitions between tech goliaths and small disruptors to use the technology to solve many problems.

Why Is This Important?

Many healthcare providers are applying ChatGPT (or similar offerings) to clinical applications. Often, speakers at medtech meetings say one of the best sources for new clinical applications on care delivery is in current non-clinical applications of digital health or AI that offer auspicious solutions to the most pressing issues in healthcare today.

The U.S. healthcare system is tarnished by its high costs, complexities, and inefficiency; problems that many have tried to solve through a variety of methods for decades. Even Atul Gawande, M.D., author of the Checklist Manifesto1 (and a personal hero of mine) could not make Haven healthcare work, even with all the money and support of Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos, and Jamie Dimon behind him.

Our healthcare industry confronts new, unique, and pressing challenges today, including financial constraints revealed by COVID-19, healthcare provider shortages, and other concerns in the face of a surging demand for care. Some say these can be addressed by AI. According to McKinsey, there is $1 trillion of improvement capacity in the healthcare industry that AI can help unpack (Table 1).2

AI in the Global Healthcare Market

The combination of opportunity and urgency produce a persuasive case for the prioritization of non-clinical AI healthcare applications as demonstrated by recent activity across the industry.

AI Workflow Solutions: Nebraska Medicine and Northwell Health are the most recent healthcare systems to deploy AI workflow technology from Laudio to improve retention, labor productivity, quality, service, and safety. The company’s solution automates repetitive work while providing best practices through daily recommendations to help clinical and operational staff.4

By Maria Shepherd | Orthopedic Design & Technology

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About Peter Coffaro 510 Articles
Peter Coffaro is a growth-driven and strategic executive with over 25 years of progressive management success in the medical device industry. With a proven track record and recognized expertise, Peter has established himself as one of the top influencers in medical sales, as acknowledged by prestigious publications such as the World Journal of Orthopedics, Exponential Healthtech, and MedReps.com. Throughout his career, Peter has accumulated 10 years of combined sales management experience, excelling in various roles including Director, General Manager, Distributor, and Vice President. He has worked for industry-leading orthopedic companies such as Zimmer, DePuy, and Stryker, solidifying his deep knowledge and network within the field. Peter’s passion for innovation and emerging technologies led him to found OrthoFeed, an award-winning blog covering digital orthopedic news and emerging medical technologies. Through this platform, he stays at the forefront of the industry and contributes to the dissemination of valuable insights. Peter is a three-time Hall of Fame award winner at Johnson and Johnson, demonstrating his exceptional contributions and impact on the organization. His expertise extends to areas such as organizational development, business development, sales management, digital marketing, and professional education. Peter earned a B.S. degree in Biology and Chemistry from Northern Illinois University, further complementing his comprehensive understanding of the medical field. With his wealth of experience, strategic mindset, and dedication to advancing healthcare, Peter Coffaro is a valuable asset and leader in the medical device industry.

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