Three companies blend their skills to create surgical patient management platform

InTouch Health, a telemedicine company, teamed up with two startups — SafeStart Medical and TapCloud — to debut a new product called InTouch Surgical. The tool, which functions as a surgical patient management platform, was selected as the solution of choice for the more than 220 hospitals in Ontario, Canada’s 14 Local Health Integration Networks.

Let’s take a closer look at the offerings of the three organizations

Simply put, Santa Barbara, California-based InTouch Health offers telehealth services. Recently, it agreed to acquire TruClinic and launched a collaborationwith Jefferson Health and Mission Health.

SafeStart Medical‘s platform helps reduce surgical errors. Headquartered in Chicago, the startup’s mission is to stop never events in the operating room — situations like wrong-site or wrong-patient surgeries.

In a phone interview, SafeStart CEO Dr. Richard Vazquez said data shows 40 to 50 percent of these never events are set in motion in the office.

“We put SafeStart together to bridge that and to stop communication errors,” he said. Instead, the startup wants to “start the process the minute the patient meets the surgeon.”

The company’s platform encompasses a patient safety record that includes clinical documents, patient allergies, consent forms and surgeon-annotated photos. It also includes pre-op reviews and sign-offs by the surgical team and the patient.

The third company of the bunch is Northbrook, Illinois-based TapCloud, whose technology engages patients when they’re outside the clinical setting, such as while recovering from surgery.

After downloading the TapCloud app, patients see a word cloud filled with phrases like “OK,” “stuffy,” “bloated” and “good.” They’re then invited to tap on the words that apply to them. Additionally, patients can use the app to get information customized to their needs. For instance, if the individual is having surgery, the app would give them pre-op content like a list of what to bring to the hospital. After the surgery, the TapCloud platform adjusts to include advice for how best to recover.

By Erin Dietsche | MedCity News

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About Peter Coffaro 437 Articles
A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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