Connect, Collect, Activate: Scott Huennekens on the Future of Digital Surgery

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Robotics and digital surgery are all the rage, with dozens of companies now vying for a position in this high-stakes, fast-evolving field. In the following Q&A, Scott Huennekens, former CEO of Verb Surgical, discusses the impact this wealth of innovation in the OR could have on both patient care and medtech business models in the years ahead.

“Digital surgery” is something of a catch-all phrase that has been used to describe the OR of the future—a setting where robots, AI, and augmented reality heads-up displays may be as ubiquitous as the surgical scalpel is today. For Scott Huennekens, former CEO of Verb Surgical, who coined the phrase digital surgery nearly a decade ago, this vision of Surgery 4.0, as he likes to call it, encompasses a variety of high-tech elements that all fit together on a connected platform.

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