Digital Surgery, a company aiming to bring step-by-step roadmaps to the operating room, is partnering with two U.K. hospitals to chart out their surgical procedures and workflow and then make them available on a wider, more standardized scale via an iPad app.
The makers of the Touch Surgery app, an interactive surgical simulator for training healthcare professionals, will collaborate with University College London Hospitals and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital to develop their new platform, Go Surgery, designed to assist and coordinate a surgical team with real-time guidance.
“Right now, a host of variables, many outside surgeons’ control, are currently undermining surgical performance,” said Jean Nehme, co-founder and CEO of Digital Surgery. “It is our hope that the products we are building will help surgeons and operating room teams to better control these variables and subsequently improve patient outcomes and drive costs down.”
Go Surgery offers audio and visual descriptions of procedure steps, controlled by a surgeon using a wireless foot pedal, as sort of a “sat-nav” for surgery. Essentially an intelligent checklist, the app lists the equipment that should be on hand, and also alerts the surgeon of any risks, such as a nearby nerve.
This allows all members of a surgical team to stay on the same page, Nehme said, and derive some consistency from the process.
“From a technologist’s perspective, they’re aware of what instrument to give next, and what instruments should be there,” Nehme told FierceMedTech. “From an assistant perspective, they’re aware of what step the surgeon’s on.”
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