Americans willing to have robotic surgery: poll

Thu Jun 11, 2009 10:21am EDT
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By Patricia Reaney

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Trust and reliance on the Internet have increased so much that nearly half of Americans said they would have robotic surgery conducted via the Internet, according to a new poll.

Americans are so accustomed to shopping, paying bills and banking on the Internet that they didn't baulk when asked in a survey if they would have robotic web-based surgery or use electronic tracking units to keep tabs on young children.

"Many Americans are now ready to trust their lives and the safety of their children to the Internet," Zogby International, which conducted the poll, said in a statement.

Nearly half of the 3,030 Americans questioned in a survey said they would have Internet-based, life-saving, robotic surgery performed over the web by an overseas surgeon.

"It makes sense because there has been a progression in almost everything else," John Zogby, the CEO of the company, said in an interview.

"The most amazing thing to me, really, is the growing facility and acceptance of the Internet as part of our daily routines," he added.

The majority of people questioned also approved of using tracking devices for children under 12 years old if it transmits signals on a password-protected website they could track.

Women were only slightly more likely than men to approve a tracking device, with 55 percent backing it, while 51 percent of men favored use of such a device.   Continued...

<p>Professor Lord Ara Darzi speaks to Reuters about robotic surgery in front of a streaming video of a robot demonstrating surgery on a prosthetic heart at Imperial College London October 24, 2008. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor</p>