British surgical robotics firm becomes first in the world to trial encoding health data in glass

CMR Surgical and Microsoft have encoded data from surgical procedures carried out by CMR’s robotic arm on a glass platter

A British surgical robotics company will become the first in the world to store clinical health data on glass platters in what is being hailed as a milestone in the digitisation of healthcare.

CMR Surgical has partnered with Microsoft to encode vast amounts of information from hundreds of surgical robotic procedures onto a single glass slide measuring just 7.5cm by 7.5cm – roughly the size of a coaster.

Storing data in glass could help to standardise complicated surgical procedures and improve patient outcomes in what Luke Hares, chief technology officer of CMR, called “a very important building block to the larger digitisation of healthcare, the secure treatment of medical data and the increasing digitisation – in many ways for the first time ever – of surgery”.

Four NHS hospitals successfully used Versius, CMR’s surgical robot arm designed to carry out intricate surgeries with greater precision, accuracy and dexterity, to carry out colorectal surgeries last year, treating patients with serious bowel disease or bowel cancer.

Such procedures generate vast amounts of data, much of which has never before been routinely available, making it extremely valuable to train both future surgeons and surgical robot systems.

Such procedures generate vast amounts of data, much of which has never before been routinely available, making it extremely valuable to train both future surgeons and surgical robot systems.

By Rhiannon Williams | iNews (UK)

Image Credit: CMR Surgical

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