Current trends and barriers to video management and analytics as a tool for surgeon skilling

Sabrina Awshah, Karina Bowers, Diane Threatt Eckel, Abdulrahman Fadi Diab, Samer Ganam, Joseph Sujka, Salvatore Docimo, Christopher DuCoin

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Background: The benefits of intraoperative recording are well published in the literature; however, few studies have identified current practices, barriers, and subsequent solutions. The objective of this study was to better understand surgeon’s current practices and perceptions of video management and gather blinded feedback on a new surgical video recording product with the potential to address these barriers effectively. Methods: A structured questionnaire was used to survey 230 surgeons (general, gynecologic, and urologic) and hospital administrators across the US and Europe regarding their current video recording practices. The same questionnaire was used to evaluate a blinded concept describing a new intraoperative recording solution. Results: 54% of respondents reported recording eligible cases, with the majority recording less than 35% of their total eligible caseload. Reasons for not recording included finding no value in recording simple procedures, forgetting to record, lack of access to equipment, legal concerns, labor intensity, and difficulty accessing videos. Among non-recording surgeons, 65% reported considering recording cases to assess surgical techniques, document practice, submit to conferences, share with colleagues, and aid in training. 35% of surgeons rejected recording due to medico-legal concerns, lack of perceived benefit, concerns about secure storage, and price. Regarding the concept of a recording solution, 74% of all respondents were very likely or quite likely to recommend the product for adoption at their facility. Appealing features to current recorders included the product’s ease of use, use of AI to maintain patient and staff privacy, lack of manual downloads, availability of full-length procedural videos, and ease of access and storage. Non-recorders found the immediate access to videos and maintenance of patient/staff privacy appealing. Conclusion: Tools that address barriers to recording, accessing, and managing surgical case videos are critical for improving surgical skills. Touch Surgery Enterprise is a valuable tool that can help overcome these barriers. Graphical abstract: (Figure presented.).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2542-2552
Number of pages11
JournalSurgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques
Issue number5
Early online date14 Mar 2024
StatePublished - May 2024
Externally publishedYes

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  • Education
  • Intraoperative video
  • Survey
  • Touch Surgery Enterprise
  • Video recording


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