Healthtech company Digital Surgery has announced a partnership with two UK hospitals to augment and support surgical teams in the operating room.
The company is building what it calls a digital ecosystem for surgeons and healthcare professionals, utilising both its mobile surgical training platform, Touch Surgery, and its operating room efficiency platform, Go Surgery.
Now, University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) will be the first organisations to test the company’s digital ecosystems.
Digital Surgery is testing tools and digital technology at UCLH and RNOH to help guide surgeons and healthcare professionals during procedures with guided steps and reference tools.
The company is also assessing which interface tools– such as iPads, heads up displays and even VR and AR – are the most valuable tools for the operating room.
Digital Surgery hopes to use the research and knowledge from these partnerships to help develop Go Surgery, which is set to launch later this year.
Dr Jean Nehme, co-founder and CEO of Digital Surgery, said: “Our partnerships with UCLH and RNOH are the latest critical step in our development of a set of tools that can be used inside and outside the operating room to standardize surgical workflows. Right now, a host of variables, many outside surgeons’ control, are currently undermining surgical performance. 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.”
Professor Alister Hart, director of Research at RNOH, said: “Surgical simulation and augmented reality tools have the potential to train orthopaedic surgeons and to help experienced surgeons do complex surgery with the best possible outcomes.”
Sam Oussedik, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon & Director of Surgical Education, UCLH, said: “The benefits of a virtual surgery platform and operative technique library are to improve surgeon education and allow realistic, immersive virtual experiences. This will help to disseminate best practice and surgical technique, allowing our patients to experience improved outcomes from their procedures.”