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Manufacturer of surgical robots discouraged training of doctors

Posted in Devices, Surgical Robots

Just imagine the sleazy sales manager who wrote the e-mail below”

Company e-mails introduced in a lawsuit filed against Intuitive in Kitsap County, Washington, suggest salesmen lobbied hospitals to scale back doctor training. One manager’s e-mail lauded a salesman for persuading a hospital that five supervised operations were too many. In another, a manager told a sales team not to “let proctoring or credentialing get in the way” of meeting goals on the number of robot surgeries.

Source: Intuitive Robosurgery Training Seen Lacking in Lawsuits – Bloomberg

There’s also a BS line in here about how the company can’t require the doctors to do anything.  Wrong.  As part of a licensing agreement with the hospital the company could require the doctors to do as many supervised surgeries as it wanted.