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article imageBlack box for doctors may improve accuracy and accountability

By Walter McDaniel     Jul 9, 2014 in Technology
Toronto - Dr. Teodor Grantcharov of St. Michael’s Hospital has developed what some are calling the "O.R. Black Box" which records a surgery from start to finish so that doctors can watch for mistakes.
The device itself records a log of all video and audio related to the operation. Everything the doctor does will be scrutinized later by the hospital staff. In many cases it will be used by the doctor themselves as well in order to catch mistakes they did not notice. The news previously made national headlines in Canada and is now making them all around the world.
On airplanes black boxes record a huge amount of data for pilots and technicians. Even if the plane is not destroyed they can use it to learn about their flight. The same concept applies here with the box recording the operation to video so that doctors can examine everything. After they have studied the tape they destroy it after 30 days.
Another positive side effect would be that an entire surgery is recorded if a doctor botches it. This will make it harder for doctors to get away with malpractice.
Grantcharov himself has some reservations and mentions that
If this turns out to be a way to blame individuals, or use it for something destructive like that, I think this would kill the purpose and this idea will not survive.
Although it seems to some that having a video record would also allow doctors who do the right thing to protect themselves against false claims as well. If this device is used correctly both doctors and patients will be safer.
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