Sixty-eight percent of the surgeons surveyed stated that online discussions led them to consider alternative methods or approaches to cases. Three-quarters of the active users, and 62 percent of the passive users, reported they are more likely to adopt new surgical techniques, when they have immediate online access to the knowledge of other experienced surgeons.
"Prior to the advent of Web-based social networking and collaboration, few opportunities existed for physicians to obtain direct advice quickly from peers on complicated cases," said Dr. Paul J. Slosar, Jr., SpineCare Medical Group, one of the surgeons who commissioned the study. "Physicians were often forced to rely on resources that were not applicable to a unique surgical problem. Thanks to Web-based collaboration on SpineConnect, communication among experienced surgeons is much easier and faster, which leads to more innovative use of medical procedures and devices for better patient outcomes."
Methodology: To determine if an Internet-based, spine-surgeon collaborative Web site will alter surgical decisions and affect the adoption of new techniques, questionnaires were administered to all members of Syndicom SpineConnect who had accessed the site during a three-month study interval. The questions were designed to assess the utility of SpineConnect for peer-to-peer collaboration, surgical planning, as well as new-technology-adoption applications. In all, 93 surgeons participated in the study.
Syndicom provides an array of Web-based tools that allow medical
professionals, medical device manufacturers, and other professional
communities to work together and solve problems in a timely, efficient and
economical way. The company's set of p
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