The Operating Room Black Box, a system of sensors and software, is being used in operating rooms in 24 hospitals in the US, Canada and Western Europe. The device captures video, audio, patient vital signs and data from surgical devices in an effort to improve patient safety. This article in the Wall Street Journal looks at how Black Box technology at Duke University Hospital has identified several areas for improvement, including that the hospital needed a better system for sending and tracking specimens. The article also highlights some concerns raised by healthcare professionals about the use of Black Boxes, including fear that data collected might be used to punish staff, or that it may be used as evidence in medicolegal cases outside of hospitals' control.
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