Surgery with robots and doctors
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Robotic surgery, visualization and the work of experts

Research project
Active research
Project size
1 492 500 SEK
Project period
2019 - 2022
Project owner
Department of Business Administration, School of Business, Economics and Law

Jan Wallander och Tom Hedelius Stiftelse

Short description

The purpose of the study is to describe and analyze the development and use of robotic surgery, and to examine the implications for the organization of health care practices and patient benefits.

The research team will particularly focus on how the robotic surgery technology is combined with more recently developments in medical imaging technology. The supplier will provide software that make it possible to combine a variety of medical images so that a more comprehensive image of the patient’s organs and tissue can be provided. Such novel visualization technology is conducive to better precision in the use of the robotic surgery technology.

Research questions

In this study we examine the following issues pertaining to the integration of robotic surgery and visualization technology in surgery:

  • What happens in practice, i.e., on the operation room shop-floor, when professional skills and expertise are reorganized and combined with new technologies and devices?
  • Are robots becoming a factual part of the professional network of heath care experts, or are they merely granted a complementary role as technologies and devices supportive of pre-existing practices?
  • What actors are currently involved and can be held accountable for the work performed, i.e., in the case of malpractice or adverse events?

Research team

Kajsa Lindberg, professor (project leader)
Alexander Styhre, professor