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Hospitals Remain Unaware of Key Robotic Program Success Factors

Buy a new da Vinci robot, hire or train a few robotic surgeons, and launch a robotic program. Buy several robots, train or hire even more robotic surgeons, task an administrator with overseeing the program, and build an even bigger, better robotic program.

Obviously, these ideas are not close to factual. Yet many hospitals start off this way, and then try (often for years) to retrofit infrastructure, leadership, analytics, financial metrics, policy and procedures, governance, training, and business development only after the robotic horse has left the barn. Some may even create a plan for their robotic program—often designed by stakeholders without the benefit of knowing the mechanics of literally dozens of other successful and unsuccessful robotic programs. All told, the result is almost uniformly not good. It’s not the hospital’s fault…it’s just that this level of independent knowledge has not been available, prior to CAVA Robotics.

Here are several keys: Most hospitals simply do not know the comparative value of robotics vs. lap vs. open surgery. Without this intel, it is impossible to corroborate whether and to what degree your robotic program is providing clear performance benefits. Furth hsoptials often do not know how to manage their robotic program at either the system or local levels. They consequently struggle to achieve profitability and growth…or they expand but don’t make money. They frequently encounter sub-optimal clinical results with teams of low-volume robotic surgeons and poorly trained robotic crews, and may even be exposed to med mal risk and not know it. The fact is, there are many, many pitfalls that hospitals encounter on the path to evolving a successful robotic program. But no matter where your hospital or system may be within the robotic maturity curve, CAVA can assist you in your path to robotic program excellence.

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