Surgeons step up their OR game with Microsoft's Xbox

07/18/2011 | HealthcareGlobal.com

Hospital engineers designed a program that allows doctors at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Canada to use Microsoft's Xbox 360 Kinect accessory to gather additional patient information in the operating room without stepping out of the sterile environment. "We're able to bring that computer as if it was the last member of our team, into the working field of the operating room," said surgeon Dr. Calvin Law. Other potential health care applications for the Xbox Kinect include a group therapy program that keeps patients' identity anonymous but allows therapists to see movement and expression, Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer said at a medical conference.

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