The Business Model of Da Vinci
The Da Vinci Surgical Device is a robot-assisted surgical system that enables "minimally intrusive" surgical procedures. The system is controlled by a surgeon via a console and is programmed to act as an assistant or facilitator to the surgeon, with the benefit of compensating for involuntary motions and hand tremors. The robot is manufactured by Intuitive Surgical, a California-based business that specializes in robotic urology and gynecological surgery. Intuitive Surgical was formed in 2000 in California and employs 5,527 employees now. In 2012, the Da Vinci surgical systems performed an anticipated 200,000 procedures and will reach a global installed base of 4,986 units in 2019-2020.