FWIW There's a post on a MF Rulebreakers thread briefly summarizing part of an analyst call that took place this month. They spoke to a surgeon(s). A surgeon in RI mentions the benefits they've received from having bought multiple MAKO bots and that the latest hip software addresses all of their concerns. Also some mention of Mass General possibly having now received a commercial unit (had research unit).
Not sure if that's the Wells Fargo upgrade or another analyst firm.
PS kudos to huibs. And above should read addresses most of their needs. The surgeon is affiliated with South County Hospital (RI)
"(1) Dr. Marchand’s practice benefited greatly from the purchase of multiple MAKO robots;
(2) MAKO’s new hip software has addressed many of the key surgeon concerns with the robot; and
(3) the software upgrade will likely increase surgeon adoption, leading to an acceleration in hip procedure growth and utilization, but it could take a few quarters to show up in MAKO’s numbers as the new software version is rolled out...."
Impressive. South County performed over 500 Makoplasty procedures in their first year 2010-1011 and now their website says they've performed over 1,600 makoplasties. Multiple Mako units and 5 surgeons trained as of 2013.
Think you're referring to the Alberta collaboration. Not sure whether MAKO is approved there. Regardless, it comes down to the govt healthcare program and approval. In the past, they've required more outcomes and Canadian patients have sought Makoplasty in the US and paid for the treatment out of pocket. Bumrungrad (Thailand) is a medical tourism option for now as well. The collaboration seems to be more for technology transfer in the fields of data, cloud storage and micro sensor technology and possibly a large, long term data collection study in the US.