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Transformative technologies in surgery
Professor Shafi Ahmed is a world-renowned, multi award-winning surgeon, teacher, futurist, innovator and entrepreneur. In the first of a series of insightful articles, the 'world’s most-watched surgeon' considers the many technologies that are poised to revolutionise healthcare and surgery.

In the first of a series of insightful features, Professor Shafi Ahmed, the world’s most-watched surgeon, considers the many technologies that will revolutionise healthcare and surgery.

Around 2010, the concept of digital health was developed. Its definition is rather broad but can be thought of as: ‘Digital technologies using computing platforms, connectivity, software and sensors for health care. These technologies span a wide range of uses – from applications in general wellness to managing chronic disease or as applications as medical devices. They include technologies intended for use as a medical product, in a medical product, as companion diagnostics or as an adjunct to other medical products (devices, drugs, and biologics).’

Surgeons have taken a while to jump on this bandwagon to claim digital as their own.

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