Consider the benefits of teleproctoring
Technology now allows the possibility of teleproctoring, whereby a proctor can directly observe another practitioner in real time without being physically present. Typically, the activity involves proctors using live video to observe practitioners from remote locations.
Teleproctoring provides greater flexibility for proctors both in the types of procedures they observe and in scheduling their time. Analogous to robotic surgery and teleconsulting, teleproctoring offers new options for carrying out the proctoring process. Medical staff leaders—especially those who face proctor-scheduling challenges—should consider this technology in their planning for new and effective proctoring.
Teleproctoring broadens the pool of available proctors by allowing medical staffs to call on proctors from other institutions or from their office practice locations, as well as on specialists who may not be available locally. This in turn can reduce the conflicts of interest that occur if only a local roster of proctors is available.
Finally, as audio-video equipment becomes smaller and easier to deploy, teleproctoring is also less obtrusive than having an additional person present at a procedure or intervention.