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Three Strategies Ensure High-Quality Care with New Technologies

July 3, 2017

Unforeseen complications and steep learning curves represent the downside of new devices and procedures, but there are strategies to minimize these risks.

During the 2017 AGA Tech Summit — the annual meeting of the AGA Center for GI Innovation and Technology — experts provided three strategies to ensure quality outcomes when introducing new devices and procedures to your practice. You can read about these strategies below, or see the full article on the GI & Hepatology News website.

1. Simulation-Based Mastery Learning

The first tip was to use simulation-based mastery learning to master new skills, a technique aimed at eliciting a specific level of performance, different from the time-based approach that is commonly used in learning processes.

“More and more evidence is available that performing something a lot of times does not necessarily correlate with performing something well,” said E. Matthew Ritter, MD, who presented on this topic at the summit. Dr. Ritter explained that the mastery learning for any one task is complete when performance criteria are met rather than after any specific number of repetitions.

2. Postmarketing Surveillance Programs

The next strategy is to participate in postmarketing surveillance programs, designed to identify unforeseen complications not captured in the premarket testing and regulatory approval process. Physicians and patients alike should participate in any available registries to track outcomes of a new technology.  

“The long-term monitoring of new devices and technologies is mission critical if we really hope to safely innovate in the future,” said Dana Telem, MD, MPH, the AGA Tech Summit speaker on this topic.

3. Telementoring

Employing avenues of telecommunication to better mentor clinicians acquiring new skills was the third example of an innovative area of improving quality assurance. As Christopher Schlachta, MD, explained at the Tech Summit, telementoring is not new, but it is becoming increasingly sophisticated, and there is a growing body of objective evidence that it is effective.

“So much of what we do now is computer assisted, so the chip on the end of scope, for example, is capturing images digitally. These data can be transmitted and translated into images essentially simultaneously for the operator and a mentor who could be hundreds of miles away,” Dr. Schlachta explained.

For more information on these three strategies, visit GI & Hepatlogy News.

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