Jaime Nieto, MD, is chief of the section of neurological surgery and spine surgery at NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens.
Dr. Nieto describes the big technology trends in spine today, and the threat of siloed care.
Question: What emerging technology are you most interested in today and why?
Dr. Jaime Nieto: Endoscopic spine surgery will become the skill that patients will ask their spine surgeons about. Patients are becoming more interested in their care and with the internet resources they will be able to find what they want. Minimally invasive surgery continues to evolve and the endoscopic techniques will promote evolution.
Q: How do you think your practice will change in the next three years? What are you doing today to prepare?
JN: The advent of technology and mobile delivery of medicine is the next frontier. In our hospital we are developing telemedicine directly to the consumer and to our colleagues.
Q: What is the most dangerous trend in healthcare, spine or orthopedics today and why?
JN: The lack of comprehensive and multidisciplinary care in spine available to all patients outside major medical centers. Having single specialty silos for the care of complex spine conditions does not fully help patients.
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